[Davisgig] DavisGIG needs YOU!
rob at omsoft.com
Fri Apr 1 10:22:50 PDT 2016
Our effort to bring a community fiber-optic network to Davis proceeds --
with some good news to report.
First,DavisGIG <http://www.davisgig.org/>has teamed up with the long
time Davis nonprofit,Davis Community Network <http://www.dcn.org/>, to
be our fiscal agent, to collect funds, and assist with our campaign to
build this network.
Second, the Broadband Advisory Task Force, which City Council authorized
in Dec 2015, had its first meeting March 23rd, and its composition is a
powerhouse of community leaders. They have come together to make a
recommendation to our city council on the best course of action to
create a world-class, fiber-optic network for Davis. Nearly half of the
BATF membership have been involved with the DavisGIG effort, and are
aware of what we want to accomplish. We need to educate the remaining
Task Force members of how much we all value a community-owned
alternative to Internet Duopoly.
Third, for the City to move forward, we will need a Feasibility Study
Report that objectively evaluates options for a fiber-optic deployment
for Davis. We want this to be prepared by a professional broadband
planning consultancy. DavisGIG volunteers have completed and are ready
to publish a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vendor for this report.
We believe it would be a very powerful statement to our community
leaders if we funded this report from contributions made by everyone
from our City! If we match our ardor with a small investment, it will
demonstrate to City leaders how important this will be to our community.
An investment in our City's infrastructure is an investment in your
future. Pleasedonate <http://www.davisgig.org>today! Link at bottom! And
be ready to help on May 3rd, theBig Day of Giving
We also need your help NOW to convince our City leaders we want better
Internet options. We want equal network access opportunities for all
residents, lower prices and better service, through competitive choice,
and a boost for our economy. One of the many benefits to community
ownership would mean a portion of our monthly broadband payments
returned to support our city.
There are THREE (3) ways we are asking everyone to help move this
1) Make a tax-deductible*donation <http://www.davisgig.org>at the bottom
of our page to help pay for the study we need. Consider DavisGIG on
theBig Day of Giving <https://goo.gl/CY3USP>
2) Send a letter about your broadband experiences, and what you would
like for Davis’ broadband future to the staff liaison of theBroadband
Advisory Task Force
please forward a copy to help at dcn.org
3) Forward this message to your friends, neighborhood lists, and
With your help we can address many problems our City faces with this one
solution. We can diversify the economy, attract and retain businesses,
provide better, cheaper Internet connections to our residences, address
digital-divide issues, and create new revenues for our city.
Davis GIG Committee
Davis Community Network
*The Davis Community Network is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and
contributions to it qualify as charitable under federal and state tax
codes. Earmark your contribution for DavisGIG to specify its use for
efforts to bring municipal fiber to Davis.
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