[Chtechcomm] Petition to work with DEDC on wireless initiative
wsirving at morgancreek.net
Mon Jun 20 11:47:57 EDT 2005
While I support the TC's strategic goals related to municipal internet
connectivity, including wireless, and generally understand and support the
Northside/Pine Knolls issue recently referred to us by Council, I can't
support the general approach, nor the specific language and timing of the
memo to Council you have drafted.
I believe that we will have an opportunity to explore this issue with the
Mayor, Manager, Staff and any Councilmembers present at our meeting
tomorrow, and to have questions regarding what we are authorized to do
answered directly. We will also have an opportunity to learn the Mayor's
view regarding the DEDC effort, as he is also a member of that board, and
possibly to obtain viewpoints from additional Councilmembers regarding
municipal wireless (and wired??) internet access.
If, after these discussions, a petition to Council is in order, there should
be sufficient time to present it as a Committee action for their 6/27
meeting, either via agenda or from the floor.
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[mailto:chtechcomm-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Terri Buckner
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2005 7:18 PM
To: Chapel Hill Information Technology Advisory Committee
Subject: [Chtechcomm] Petition to work with DEDC on wireless initiative
In order to work with the Downtown Economic Development Corporation
(DEDC) on the wireless initiative, we need Council's authorization.
Typically, Tuesday at noon would be the latest time to get something
added to the agenda for June 27 which is the last council meeting until
September. By that schedule, we don't have time to vote on this petition
in order to submit it from the committee. Therefore I am willing to
submit it personally in order to not miss the opportunity. The text I
plan to submit is below. If anyone would like to have their name added
as a sender of the petition, let me know.--Terri
To: Town Council
From: Terri Buckner
Date: June 19, 2005
RE: Downtown Wireless Initiative
After the June 15, 2005 Council meeting, the Town Manager referred a
citizen petition to the Technology Advisory Committee requesting that a
wireless network be established to serve the neighborhoods of Northside
and Pine Knolls. Currently, the Downtown Economic Development
Corporation is in the very early stages of pursuing a downtown wireless
initiative and a town-wide wireless network is included as one of the
activities in the Technology Advisory Committee's 2005-2006 strategic
plan (presented to Council on March 23, 2005).
I hereby request that Council authorize the Technology Advisory
Committee to work together with the Downtown Economic Development
Corporation and any other town or university group that may be involved
in planning and implementing a downtown or citywide wireless initiative.
Such collaboration would include, but not be limited to, determining the
coverage area, reviewing and selecting platform and hardware, reviewing
and contracting with consultants, designing a business plan, and
promoting the idea with citizens and local businesses.
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