The hearing that had been scheduled for today, April 18, has been rescheduled to for Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at 2:00 PM, in Room 400, City Hall.
The notice also says,
Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Joint Committees on Technology & Information Services and Public Property & Public Works open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item.
In other words, after the hearing, Council will vote on whether to authorize Wireless Philadelphia to manage a citywide wireless broadband network and to authorize the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID) to attach wi-fi boxes to city-owned poles. (Note Earthlink is not mentioned in the ordinance.)
If Council is ready to vote, perhaps this means that their questions on the electricity rate and City oversight have been answered. Even if they have, other questions will remain, especially about how Wireless Philadelphia will function under their new CEO.
For those of you looking for an understandable breakdown of the contract, Becca Vargo Daggett from the Institute for Local Self Reliance has published just such a document: “Wireless Philadelphia – Earthlink Contract: Highlights.”
If anyone has any questions on the contract, the ordinance, or the network, please post them hear and I will find the answers.