On Tuesday, the city council's Technology Committee enthusiastically backed a proposal by City Manager
Ultimately, it will be up to the city council whether to proceed with the endeavor, which is expected to cost
"Given the upturn in the economy, the city believes there is potential renewed interest from telecommunication service providers in building a network in
A master plan that includes the engineering and environmental studies needed to build a network is the key to attracting a provider, Keene said. As a technical document, it would differ from previous failed efforts that focused on business plans and soliciting firms for proposals to build and operate a network.
"From what I can tell, this is completely different from the two other RFPs that were done," said Vice Mayor
Some members of the public who have followed the years-old fiber-to-the-premise saga weren't convinced.
"It seems to me that we've done study after study. If we can identity a common factor among them, it's (city) staff doesn't want to do it, so staff picks the consultant who's willing to say, 'Let's not do it,' " said
On the contrary, Keene said staff was "gung-ho" about finding a way to provide citywide super-high-speed Internet access. He added that the city council also sent a clear message when it made technology a priority earlier this year.
"We think this is the fastest path to get to a decision point," the city manager said about his proposal.
"It's a fast-moving field," Klein said. "The study might be out of date before it's very old."
In a related move Tuesday, the Technology Committee also supported a proposal to develop a wireless network plan with a near-term focus on Wi-Fi and a long-term consideration of other wireless technologies.
The plan is expected to cost up to
The point of the network would be to enhance public safety and give officials a means to communicate during a catastrophe, said
According to a report prepared for the committee, the network would cost
"I want Wi-Fi that really works," he said.
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