[PLUG-TALK] Cable modems: rent or buy?

Russell Senior russell at personaltelco.net
Wed Mar 2 16:03:57 PST 2011

>>>>> "Michael" == Michael M Moore <moore.michael.m at gmail.com> writes:

Michael> [...]  Of course, that doesn't stop
Michael> the City of Portland from continuing to spend taxpayer
Michael> dollars on fancy smartphone apps that can only be enjoyed by
Michael> those who can afford smartphones, or continuing to refer
Michael> residents to websites to access information, submit
Michael> applications, etc., etc., even though a significant portion
Michael> of residents can't afford Internet access.

The City of Portland is not spending taxpayer money on fancy
smartphone apps.  They *are* working on making more public data
available so that others can write smartphone apps.

As it happens, I am on a work group right now helping to develop a
Broadband Strategic Plan for the City.  They aren't paying me

The City does refer people to websites, because that reduces their
costs and reduces the burden on taxpayers for a given level of
service.  Everything I've heard indicates that they recognize that
city services need to remain accessible in multiple forms, not just
online.  In many ways, access remains restricted to old-technology.
You have to physically show up to participate in public meetings.  I
seem to recall that bids must be submitted in hardcopy.

Also, anybody in the City *has* access via places like the Multnomah
County Library.  It isn't always the most convenient, but it's there.

Russell Senior, President
russell at personaltelco.net

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