Wireless Hearing Postponed; Vote Scheduled

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.



  1. Marilyn said

    Isn’t more important to make schools and libraries wireless before we set up wireless parks?

  2. Perhaps, but schools and libraries have wires. They also have walls, which make parks easier places to at least prove the concept of a wireless network before addressing the challenge of getting a wireless signal throughout a building.

  3. […] Ahead of today's hearing, a consultant working for, I assume, Wireless Philadelphia sent the following notice to some community members she's been getting to testify before City Council and otherwise support the WP-Earthlink deal: For those of you that I have met with, I have been clear, that my expertise is in the community programs – not the politics of the City of Philadelphia. That being said, I feel that I must personally request your continued and visible support at Wednesday's Hearing on Wireless Philadelphia. […]

  4. […] One noticeable absence at today’s hearing was any mention of the negotiations with PECO that had reportedly been the source of earlier delays. […]

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