The following is a discussion between councilman Drew Nielsen and myself.
>> >> *From:* C.J. Adams-Collier [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] >> >> *Sent:* Mon 2/6/2006 10:19 PM *To:* Drew Nielsen *Subject:* >> >> Community Access Wireless Network > > >> >> Hello Drew, > > >> >> I got your name from _____. She tells me that you are >> >> involved in an effort to decide the direction of a community >> >> access wireless network in downtown Everett. I have some >> >> experience "in the trenches" as it were that I would be happy to >> >> provide to the council. > > >> >> Let me know if I may be of any help, > > >> >> C.J. > > > > >> >> -- >> >> http://cjcollier.livejournal.com/tag/ +1 206 226 5809 > > Drew Nielsen wrote: >> >> Community Access Wireless Network C.J., > > >> >> The Council's Technology Committee is exploring ad-supported >> >> wi-fi provided free to Everett residents. Antennas would be >> >> attached to street-light support arms and would draw power from >> >> the photoelectric cell that controls the light. The light >> >> support arm is owned by the PUD, which also owns the lights, >> >> lenses and photoelectric cells, so a wi-fi provider needs to have >> >> the permission of the PUD, not the City, to attach its antennas >> >> to the poles. > > >> >> The PUD is willing in principle to enter into a Master License >> >> Agreement allowing the placement of equipment on the poles. The >> >> rate charged for communications equipment is regulated (I?m not >> >> sure by whom). The PUD requires conformance with standards such >> >> that plugging equipment into the photoelectric cell will not void >> >> the manufacturer?s warranty for the cell. At this point we know >> >> of one company, MetroFi, which is interested in Everett. MetroFi >> >> is currently doing its feasibility research. Since the >> >> pole-attachment agreement would be between the provider and the >> >> PUD there was consensus of the Technology Committee that the City >> >> should engage in an economic development effort, where the City >> >> sets out to attract a wi-fi provider to Everett by providing >> >> assistance and support, just as we do with many other companies >> >> considering a presence in Everett. MetroFi would not target >> >> downtown, but the proximity of residences might mean that there >> >> would be coverage there. > > >> >> I'd be interested if you have any information that would be >> >> helpful in this process. > > >> >> Drew Nielsen > > >> >> Everett City Council > > *From:* C.J. Adams-Collier [mailto:email@example.com] > > *Sent:* Tue 2/7/2006 11:10 AM *To:* Drew Nielsen *Subject:* Re: > > Community Access Wireless Network > > > > Drew, > > > > This email was very educational, thank you. > > > > My thoughts are that the residents of the city of Everett (or the > > population of Snohomish County by way of the PUD) should own the > > WiFi infrastructure and not the telecommunication industry. I > > think that the funds set aside to pay MetroFi's fees would be > > better used to organize a board of Everett residents (ie, a WiFi > > task force) as network policy and use administrators. I would not > > like to see Everett's potential for a Community Access Network > > privatized. This is especially true if the city can, with the help > > of residents, build an equal or better infrastructure. > > > > The technical details are spot on, and it seems that you have some > > very capable people already working with the City on this project. > > I would like to know a bit about what wireless hardware is being > > considered, and how much transparency the network administrators > > expect to share with the City and the PUD. > > > > Do I have your permission to make this conversation public record? > > > > Thank you, > > > > C.J. Drew Nielsen wrote: > > Re: Community Access Wireless Network C.J., > > > > I have no objection to your sharing this communication with anyone > > you wish. > > > > Let me clarify that MetroFi -- if that is who we end up dealing > > with -- would not be paid any fee nor would the City of Everett > > spend any money. That is why the City Council is exploring > > advertising supported wi-fi. No wi-fi provider would have > > exclusive rights to use the power poles, so another company could > > also enter into a Master Licensing Agreement with the PUD. > > > > What I can tell you about the hardware is that it uses 802.11x > > technology with a range of about 500 feet in diameter. It would > > likely require about 300 antennas to reach most of the residences > > in the City. > > > > I've now told you pretty much everything I know at this early > > point. > > > > Drew Nielsen Thank you! I will share this information with some of my compatriots and see if we can provide any useful recommendations. Cheers, C.J.