San Francisco WiFi agreement said to save internet users $9 to $18 million annually


By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco internet users stand to save from $9 milliion to $18 million annually if an agreement between the City and EarthLink is adopted, according to a study by San Franicsco Controller Ed Harrington.

The agreement, proposed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, also would reduce the digitial divide by “helping to incorporate low-income and disadvantaged populations into the economic mainstream,” according to Harrington.

The measure will be considered Monday by the Budget and Finance Committee for recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors. It will be heard at 2:00 p.m., San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (formerly Polk Street).

Committee members include Chair Chris Daly and Members Tom Ammiano, Bevan Dufty, Ross Mirkarimi, Sean Elsbernd.

Daly and Ammiano have expressed opposition to the plan, contending a City owned and operated WiFi network eventually would provide greater savings.

Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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