[Davisgig] Broadband Advisory Task Force has ENDED
rob at omsoft.com
Fri May 24 12:42:57 PDT 2019
Last Wed was the final Broadband Advisory Task Force meeting. The BATF
unanimously approved its final product, a 3 page letter, which
unequivocally states a Fiber Based Community Broadband network is
feasible, should be further analyzed by technical and financial
professionals in coordination with city engineering staff, and urges
timely action. Although there is some minor word smithing that will
change a couple of small details, the Final was approved from a Draft
copy which may be found here.
This process went on 3 full years and was entering its 4^th . It
produced an excellent Feasibility Study Report, evaluated information,
talked to vendors, and generated and reviewed the results of a phone
survey and online poll in its final analysis.
Personally, I’m truly thankful these community leaders took their time
to evaluate and follow this process of evaluating feasibility to this
conclusion, and now it is time for DavisGIG to be more active again with
both the public and the Council to help move it onward.
This report will be presented by the Task Force Chair, hello Chris, at
the 6/4 CC meeting, so keep your eye on the Agenda. I’m thinking that
they will evaluate, at that time or soon after, if they want to
reconstitute some sort of group to carry out carrying out technical and
financial analysis details the BATF memo recommends, or end the effort
and bring in Big Fiber Provider Grande/Wave/RCN, aka Astound, owned by
private equity firm TPG Capital. This will setup another monopoly
control situation over physical Internet infrastructure, like Comcast’s
control of Coax, and ATT’s control of Copper.
So we need to put some effort into encouraging Council to do the right
thing here, which is continue the effort for a phased build approach to
a city-owned, community-operated open access fiber ring or more.
In support of that, we have generated a “talking points” type document
which refers to benefits identified by the Feasibility Study and
addresses concerns citizens raised in the DavisGIG broadband poll.
Please comment if you think anything needs tweaking, it may be found here.
We hope you can use this to educate your neighbors and colleagues as to
why this will make everyone's quality of life better.
We need an Op Ed ASAP for the papers, and to finish out a light business
plan for the first phase; the build out of backbone ring and sub rings,
aka the “COFOR” thanks DW! This we plan to submit to City Staff for
inclusion in documents sent to CC on this issue, as DavisGIG’s
recommendation, so we have a week on that. I’ll put links to those in
subsequent emails. I’m hoping some of you all can collaborate on this
through Google Docs.
Should we also get a statement together asking Council to follow the
advice of the BATF memo that we can ask people to endorse or sign on to
that can be presented to CC during public comment or in support of the
I’ll send a notice out to our announce list about this, as well as
social media, asking people to submit public comment or just endorse our
statement. It would also be spectacular to have lots of people come to
this CC meeting to give comment at the start of the 6/4 CC Session.
Any other ideas for how to keep this going please chime in.
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