[Davisgig] Important -- City Council Meeting Tomorrow!
Omsoft Systems Administration
sysadmin at omsoft.com
Mon Apr 8 18:11:04 PDT 2019
Tomorrow (Tuesday 4/9) the City Council will meet in closed session with
Astound Wave to negotiate the terms of a city conduit lease. Those who
have been following this effort know that the city has not yet done a
proper analysis of the value of their installed conduit, and is acting
out of a perceived need to rush a deal to completion in order to limit
its Internet access costs, which skyrocketed when the Comcast cable
They seem to be proceeding with this negotiation in spite of a
recommendation passed UNANIMOUSLY by the Broadband Advisory Task Force,
advising they do a fiscal analysis of the value of the conduit they are
proposing to lease, nor examining the impact this would have to a
publicly owned fiber network. We need our community in the driver seat
when it comes to the future of telecommunications in Davis, with robust
competition and revenue from fiber lease fees returning into our
community. We do not accept another monopoly level Private Equity owned
company taking advantage of our City.
A badly-negotiated lease agreement will permanently foreclose options
for a public-oriented fiber network, and we need to make sure the
Council knows that those objecting to the current process aren't just a
handful of cranky geeks. Toward that end, we want to muster as many
people as possible in the Council Chambers lobby (at City Hall, Russell
Boulevard at A Street) shortly before the meeting so that the Council
members and the City Manager can appreciate the level of public concern
as they enter the building.
Please consider making it to the Council Chambers at 5:15 tomorrow.
Since the item will be in closed session, there's no need to hang around
for the meeting unless you're motivated to speak during public comment.
A show of force before the meeting is what's most urgently needed.
If you're able to make it, it would be helpful if you would drop an
email to help at dcn.org so that we have some idea of expected headcount.
Thanks, and I hope to see you there!
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