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Steve,
 
Continuing the parallel with power utilities, do you see these networks as
potenetial revenue sources for municipalities?
 
Lisa Schiff
School of Library and Information Studies
UC Berkeley
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On Fri, 25 Feb 1994, Steve Cisler wrote:
 
> In my paper, Building Electronic Greenbelts, I compare the spread of
> communications networks with the spread of electrical power systems a
> century ago.  The city of Palo Alto, California, made a decision at that
> time that is providing the citizens with cheap sources of electricity, as well
> as revenue for othe projects in the 1990's through city-owned utilities.
>
> Now, reports Holly Heyser in the 2/25/94 San Jose Mercury News, Palo
> Alto is considering forming its own communications utility that would
> serve all 57,000 residents, not just those who subscribe to BBSes, Internet
> service providers such as Netcom, or have access through Stanford. There
> are many questions: should they use fiber or the dormant Cable Co-op
> television coax that is already running through town?  Dianah Neff, Palo
> Alto's director of information resources says they have to decide whether
> to get into the business within the year. Other cities that are doing this
> already are Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and New York City.
> Santa Clara, California, further south on the S.F. Peninsula, is also
> considering a similar system.
>
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