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San Francisco has generated considerable attention from broadband-wireless stakeholders around the world ever since EarthLink and partner Google bid to provide the city with an ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure, in part through a two-tiered advertising-based model supporting free public access.
Chris Vein, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor of San Francisco and Executive Director of the Department of Telecommunications and Information Services, is heading up the City’s negotiations with EarthLink. At the W2i Digital Cities Convention in London, Olympia Exhibition Centre, September 25–26, 2006, he joined participating IT professionals and field practitioners from municipal agencies from the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. presenting their plans and experiences deploying broadband-wireless applications and services in their communities. The following is adapted from his remarks.
The City and County of San Francisco is developing a comprehensive Digital Inclusion Strategy in order to bridge San Francisco’s digital divide. We invite you to provide comment and feedback on the initial draft document:
The document outlines approaches that the City proposes to address the technology needs of its underserved residents including:
- free and affordable internet access
- affordable computers and equipment
- training and support
- relevant content and applications
We are soliciting initial feedback through November 11, 2006 and using that initial feedback to update the document for release by December . However, we welcome input throughout the process.
Comments can be sent to:
Digital Inclusion Programs
Dept. of Telecommunications and Information Services City and County of
875 Stevenson St., 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Last night was the One Economy (OE) Annual Gala (OE6), I bumped in to an ally for our project.
Gail McGuire of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation’s Neighborhood and Economic Development Department. Once she heard of our project she offered ideas for community issues and involvement. As we put together the program, we will call on her and her organization to participate.
As we move forward we ceratinly will want to reach out to partners.
At the gala, Mayor Gavin Newsom was honored for his work to create free wireless access for the entire city of San Francisco.
“San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to provide FREE wireless access to every resident,” exclaimed Newsom. He told the story of how a meeting Rey Ramsey, the CEO of OE, inspired the mayor’s competitive spirit and provide free access as opposed to Philadelphia’s access at a price. He celebrated the relationship with Google and Earthlink.
I bumped in to Emy Tseng, who is now working for the City’s TechConnect initiative. Emy was with the Community Technology Foundation of California when we first became aquainted. Now, she works on behalf of making free wireless a reality.
BTW, NTen is holding a day long conference on municipal wireless, November 10th.
San Francisco’s municipal wireless project will mean that you can create social change in new, bold ways. Soon, your organization, your clients, and your stakeholders will have access to free and low cost wireless Internet access through San Francisco’s TechConnect project.