Submitted by acohill on Tue, 05/03/2005 - 09:09
Oakland County, Michigan (via Muni Wireless) has issued an RFQ for wireless services to provide broadband throughout the region. It's a public/private partnership, which is the right way to go--government provides leadership and helps ensure universal (or nearly universal service) and the private sector creates jobs and pays taxes. Here's an excerpt from the County's Web site, which shows these county leaders "get it."
"....[the wireless service] will enhance Oakland County's ability to attract and retain high-tech and nanotechnology corporations.
Wireless Oakland will also enhance the residential character of our local communities and further distinguish Oakland County as a great place to live, work, and play. It will support a growing mobile workforce and elevate the technical knowledge of its current and future workforces."
Oakland County has identified a technology cluster (nanotechnology), recognized that they have to invest to make that economic development cluster grow, and goes further to recognize that technology enhances quality of life.
This is the competition, right here in America. Some U.S. communities are getting smart about this, and are going to start pulling businesses from other regions.
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