Thanks to The Wireless Weblog for pointing to a report by the MayorÔøΩs WiFi & Beyond Executive Advisory Panel on the future of WiFi in LA. Much of it is bureaucratic “encouraging” and “survey conducting” and whatnot (necessarily, I suppose), but it’s good to see something on the horizon. Here’s the mission statement from the report PDF:
We believe the City of Los Angeles, within the next five years, should ensure that high speed access to the Internet is available and affordable for any one who wants it anywhere in the City. In addition, we believe it is possible to implement strategies to accomplish that mission in ways that address the MayorÔøΩs goals of:
- Helping to close the digital divide,
- Accelerating economic development, and
- Making our CityÔøΩs government more efficient and accessible.
Granted, it’s not exactly “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth” but it’ll do for now. :)