Muni Wi-Fi: Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Agenda item from today’s Minneapolis City Council Meeting (item 10 here). Also note item 26 here which is from Tuesday’s (Feb 21 meeting) which adds the “Community Benefits Agreement” and directs staff to provide more information on public engagement in the process and whatever studies were conducted to decide on the current model.

[Update: The following item passed today with a vote of 11 to 1. Cam Gordon, lone Green on the Council, voted against the action.]

Here’s today’s item:

Minneapolis Wireless Broadband Initiative:

Sent forward without recommendation the following: a) Approve amended Business Case, prior to pursuing a private-public partnership to procure Broadband Data Access Services to support the City’s internal data communications requirements and provide affordable broadband internet services to City residents and businesses;

b) Authorize proper City officers to implement the pilot phase of the Broadband IP Data Access Services program with the two RFP finalists, Earthlink and U.S. Internet; and

c) Authorize proper City officers to negotiate a contract for Broadband IP Data Access Services with one or both of the RFP finalists and to return to Council for final approval.

d) Approve staff directives; incorporate in any contract for Broadband IP Data Access Services a “Community Benefits Agreement”; and develop a community engagement plan to be received and filed by the Committee.

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