all -

in an attempt to provide some feedback to councilmember schiff that has 
some specific relevance, might i suggest that interested parties read 
the RFP (though from what i've read thus far it reads more like an RFI) 
which is available from the city of minneapolis web site.

i've started a collection of links relative to the minneapolis wireless 
which is available here [1]. the first link there is to the city's web 
site which has a copy of the RFP and the associated appendices.  which 
makes for educational reading in and of itself.  (were you aware that 
there are approx. 6350 parking meters in minneapolis?)

while the discussion that's taken place thus far is interesting.  if 
there is a desire to effect a meaningful impact on the direction that 
the city takes with the network and the technologies selected it might 
be best to work with the structure that has been selected and provide 
meaningful input into the RFP as it stands as well as assisting as it 
makes sense in the review process.

i.e.: RTFRFP. ;-)


[1] -

On May 15, 2005, at 10:47 AM, Becky_Pihl wrote:

> To:
> Steve Ulrich, TCWUG,
> TCWUG info &/or TCWUG Webmaster  and
> Minneapolis City Councilmember Gary Schiff (Ward 9),
>     cc: the "tcwug-list at" list server:
> Gents:
> I went to the Mpls DFL convention this past Saturday May 14th.
> (No Endorsement for Mayor;  WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!!)
> While there, I had a brief conversation with my councilman, Mr. Gary 
> Schiff, of Ward 9
> (
> I mentioned to him:
> the web site (,
> how you have meetings (, 
> typically every second Tuesday of the month, how your organization is 
> better informed as to Wi-Fi (and Wi-Max) issues than most other 
> people, and my concern that the proposed City of Minneapolis' Wi-Fi 
> network be "done right", including (but not limited to) compatibility 
> with Wi-Fi versus Wi-Max.
> * I hope that this memo, sent to all of you, will start a conversation 
> between the TCWUG and Mr. Schiff, such that Councilmember Schiff, one 
> of the decision makers regarding the proposed Wi-Fi network in 
> Minneapolis, will be better informed with his own questions, concerns 
> &/or requirements  when the city's staff comes to him with the 
> proposed system.
> * Please invite him, or his aide, to one of your meetings such that 
> you can exchange information, and hopefully result in a better Wi-Fi 
> system down the road.
> * At the very least, please send him some sort of a summary of your 
> concerns so that he can pass them along to the relevant staff members.

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