Pie in the Sky?

Published October 1, 2005

Policy Standards for bidders as set forth by the City of San Francisco for its municipal wireless network.

The Network must provide universal service for both indoor and outdoor usage. Providing access in only parts of the City that may be more densely populated or commercially attractive is not an option.

Fees for access to the Network must be priced lower than existing alternatives and must be affordable for low-income and disadvantaged residents and businesses.

The Network must support fixed, nomadic and portable usage scenarios.

The Network must support use by residents, businesses, institutions and government agencies. Examples of usage scenarios for these groups may include:

  • Residents using the Network for universal, affordable wireless access to applications such as E-mail, web browsing, instant messaging, entertainment and voice services.
  • Businesses using the Network for remote office connectivity, supply chain integration, customer relationship management and inventory control.
  • Institutions such as universities and nonprofits using the Network for increased interaction between their institution and students/constituents.
  • Government agencies using the Network for automatic vehicle location, access by field staff, remote meter reading and remote camera/video surveillance.
  • Visitors using the network for remote access applications and local information.

The City anticipates the deployment of a “state of the art” Network that is simple to maintain and inexpensive to upgrade. A plan for protecting the Network from the effects of obsolescence is required.

The City anticipates a Network that protects the privacy of users, respects consumer choice, and fosters diversity of information and ideas.

Source: Request for Information and Comment, San Francisco TechConnect Community Wireless Broadband Initiative.