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Technology Working Group Minutes: January 29, 2004

CITY OF FULLERTON
TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP
MEETING MINUTES
January 29, 2004
9:00 A.M.

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Burtner called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.

ROLL CALL

Members Present:

Robert PortNorman ThornScott Price
Roger BurtnerNilo NiccolaiDick Bednar
Helen HallPaul StoverDavid Bailey
Tony Anderson

Members Absent:

Johnson Lew

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

Chair Burtner asked for a motion to approve the minutes of January 8, 2004. The motion to approve was made by Nilo Niccolai and seconded by Paul Stover. The motion was unanimously approved by the members present (8:0).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

None

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Deployment of Wireless

Robb Port reported on his research regarding wireless vendors. Cingular is the one nationwide wireless vendor with which he has spoken. They are very interested in speaking with us and making a presentation. Cingular's technology is cell phone-based technology and not WiFi. Consequently, it is more ubiquitous and secure, but of lower bandwidth than WiFi. Cingular is upgrading its system to 3G which will increase bandwidth. Increased data rates will make it more appealing for business use. Because it is cell phone technology, infrastructure exists for overlaying the whole city rather than being limited to specific hot spots or hot zones.

David Bailey commented that he and others in the downtown area have envisioned the construction of an inexpensive network of public and private WiFi access points that form a free Internet access zone in the downtown area. Users would access the Internet through a community portal that would contain information about local businesses and events. Robb will continue his research into WiFi vendors such as Verilan which has experience with various types of WiFi including WiMax and wireless meshes.

Paul Stover reported that he has been in contact with Mike Ritto, president of the Downtown Business Association, who has expressed his willingness to communicate on our behalf with downtown businesses and assist us in developing support for a wireless network. Paul is also arranging a meeting with Gary Chalupsky to inform him of our ideas and determine if there might be redevelopment funds available.

Report of Working Group Progress to City Council

The Working Group determined that it would be better to make a presentation to City Council when it has a specific plan for the Downtown to recommend. In the interim, the Chair was asked to prepare a written progress report which can be placed in the Council's meeting packet.

ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Cerritos and/or Garden Grove Wireless Mesh

Review of action items

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, Chair Burtner asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion for adjournment was made by David Bailey, seconded by Robb Port and unanimously approved by the members present (10:0) the meeting was adjourned at 10:30am.

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