William H. Magill on 8 Apr 2005 20:18:43 -0000

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[PLUG] Fwd: Wireless Philadelphia ... RFP available

As I understand it, not much more than this was said.

The RFP is most easily downloaded from www.phila.gov/wireless in the left hand frame.

Begin forwarded message:
Mayor John F. Street Announces Plan to
Implement Vision for a "Wireless Philadelphia"
Proposal Will Extend Reach of Broadband Access and Conquer Digital Divide

PHILADELPHIA - Today, Mayor John F. Street rolled out the details of the
visionary "Wireless Philadelphia" Business Plan. Joining Mayor Street at the City Hall press conference were members of the Wireless Philadelphia Executive Committee, who drafted the plan. In 2004, when Mayor Street appointed the diverse 17-person committee, members were charged with developing a public-private partnership to provide wireless Internet access throughout the city. Key goals were to promote economic development, help overcome the digital divide and to improve the quality of life for every resident, business owner and visitor.

"Today is a great day for Philadelphia and the thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of families and children who will benefit from our
Wireless initiative," Mayor Street said. "Just as roads and transportation were keys to our past, a digital infrastructure and wireless technology are keys to our future. To ensure Philadelphia is a 21st century city, we now must begin planning for the next generation."

Mayor Street also announced the formation of "Wireless Philadelphia," a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, and issued the release of the nonprofit's RFP, available for download at www.phila.gov/wireless and www.phila.gov/rfp.

In October 2004, the City made wireless technology available in LOVE Park. By May 2005, at least a dozen "hot zones" will also be available for service login. Today's proposal allows private service providers to deliver broadband access to the Internet by the end of the year.

"The Wireless Philadelphia Executive Committee has done an excellent job of building a plan to lay the foundation for Philadelphia as a Digital City and to make broadband affordable," said Dianah Neff, Philadelphia's Chief Information Officer. "The benefits of this transformative technology are broad and far-reaching. I am extremely proud of the work they have done and look forward to helping implement their proposal on behalf of the

Critical to the "Wireless Philadelphia" proposal announced today is how
this initiative will help conquer the economic and social disadvantage
experienced by those without affordable access to technology, known as the "digital divide." Government has long worked to ensure key infrastructure be made available to its citizens, such as the deployment of electricity and phone services. Philadelphia's proposal will help low-income and disadvantaged individuals and businesses gain unprecedented access to technology

"This is not just an investment in a new technology, it's an investment in the people of Philadelphia," Mayor Street added. "This is good for the City, our residents, business owners and visitors. Today, we begin
building the infrastructure for tomorrow's knowledge economy."

# # #

Wireless Philadelphia Executive Committee
· Dianah L. Neff, Chief Information Officer for the City of
· Richard Bendis, President and CEO of Innovation Philadelphia
· Robert S. Bright, President of Talson Solutions, LLC
· Bruce Crawley, President and CEO, Crawley Haskins Sloan and Chairman,
African-American Chamber of Commerce
· Dr. James P. Gallagher, President, Philadelphia University
· Kenny Gamble, Chairman, Universal Companies
· Kevin Greenberg, Esq.,
· Naomi Howard, President, ABSS, Inc.
· Avrum Kantor, VP of Technology, PIDC
· Meryl Levitz, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism and
Marketing Corporation (GPTMC)
· Peter Longstreth, President, Philadelphia Industrial Development
· Richard Miller, VP Marketing/Communications, Innovation Philadelphia
· Samuel J. Patterson, Owner and CEO, Veridyne, Inc
· Patricia Renzulli, CIO, School District of Philadelphia
· Varinia C. Robinson, Mayor's Office of Information Services
· Ed Schwartz, President, Institute for the Study of Civic Values
· Patricia Smith, Director, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood
· Veronica Wentz, New Media Director, GPTMC
· Victoria Wilson, COO, Universal Companies
· Paul Vallas, CEO, School District of Philadelphia

About Wireless Philadelphia
Wireless Philadelphia is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation that promotes
economic development and social enhancement in the City of Philadelphia
through the deployment of a citywide wireless network and the management of
programs aligned with its charter.

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