[Davisgig] Moving the Project Forward
rob at omsoft.com
Wed Aug 24 22:34:51 PDT 2016
Here is a a letter going out to our davisgig-announce list at some point
Want to share the good news, and if you have any feedback let me know by
Please READ – TLDR – Make the City Council Meeting on Tues.
Our City Council will take its first important step toward realizing our
goal of a community owned fiber optic network! Next Tuesday's 8/30/16
City Council meeting will feature a report by the Broadband Advisory
Task Force, and a vote of affirmation in support of our important work
in procuring a feasibility study for fiber optic cable deployment for
all the homes and businesses in Davis. Assuming this carries, the RFP
will go forward as a request from, and funded by, City of Davis. City
council members will receive the draft RFP in their materials packets
and will vote on approval of it for publishing.
This RFP is based on the one we all developed some months back, with
some small changes.
This is the important first step, DavisGIG has raised funds for, and
building on that success, now the City Council will be stepping in to
fully fund this study, as well as the essential conduit and
infrastructure mapping, and code changes to implement a Dig Once policy.
DavisGIG and DCN will use your generously contributed funds to support
and sustain this effort through community outreach efforts while this
study, and others, like engineering, and demand aggregation efforts, go
All of you, DavisGIG, and the BATF, are about to take the very important
step of reclaiming network access from big investor owned entities, and
managing this ourselves, in our own community. Lets work together, if
you think you have a worthwhile perspective to share, come down, and
give 3 minutes to tell the council members.
This is a milestone, and its important for citizens to come and speak at
public comment in support of this item, which will feature presentations
from Diane Parro, CIO City of Davis, and Chris Clements, BATF co-chair.
This is the first meeting of the new City Council, a new group of
leaders, with an important agenda, and its imperative they know how
important a fiber optic deployment is to our residents and businesses.
They want to know the considered opinion of citizens on this matter, and
not just "X Company sucks!!" or "I need more speeds.."
It will also be great for them to see some more people supporting and
working on, DavisGIG, aside from Jeff M and I.
A community owned fiber optic network is an investment in our future.
Not only will it provide very reliable and cheaper Internet connections
to everyone now, we will help fund our city through our monthly
broadband payments, and get better service without the constant worry of
ever increasing Internet access bills. Furthermore, building out our own
telecommunications plant gives us lots of options.
Our city will be able to implement real time telemetry throughout its
utility operations, and realize lots of benefits unbounded network
access has to offer. See some of the exciting applications being
sponsored by US-Ignite at www.us-ignite.org <http://www.ignite.org/>
So good job, as has been told again and on, this is a multi year
process, but our work so far is starting to bear significant results.
Thank you for your continued interest and engagement.
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