Portland needs to invest in scarcity-squashing infrastructure. The City has built its own fiber infrastructure for governmental use. It’s time for the City to look out for its citizens and let them own their own infrastructure as well. The public stands to reap enormous benefits, both in avoiding perpetual rent and by enabling competition in service providers on the infrastructure. Don’t let this opportunity slip by.
Join the Portland nonprofit technology community for a presentation by Mary Beth Henry about the new PDX Broadband Strategic Plan and discuss the future of Portland’s communications development, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mercy Corp Action Center:
A public meeting to discuss the draft of Portland Broadband Strategic Plan has been scheduled for June 29 from noon to 3pm at the Portland Building. Here is a calagator link to the event.
If you can, please attend and let the City know what you think. Your persistent input is ESSENTIAL to getting a plan that moves us forward rather than slips us backward!
There was a recent piece on a PBS program called “Need to Know”, very much worth a watch.
It shows the kind of competition spurred by Open Access rules on infrastructure. Sadly, the FCC is such a basket case, we are unlikely to ever get these kind of sensible rules if we have to rely on them. A recent article by Benoît Felten explains why. Localities are more apt to understand the urgency and aren’t as insulated from the failures of the existing model.