Wireless Washtenaw Pre-Proposal Conference December 14, 2005
I. Welcome- David Behen, Director Information Technology
II. Why Partner with Washtenaw County?
III. Wireless Washtenaw Project Update- James McFarlane, Project Manager
IV. Q & A- Uma Harithsa, Manager of Applied Technology
Why Partner with Washtenaw?
Washtenaw is a leader in “innovation”
Development of SPARK
Enhances our reputation as a high-tech, innovative community
Establishing a network infrastructure
USA Today Technology Article
Wireless Washtenaw 2007
Streamlined access to assets
Core anchor tenants
Collaboration is Key
Collaboration makes possible significant community impact
Government, education and business
A Public/Private Partnership is Critical
Wireless Washtenaw Objectives To provide citizens and visitors a pleasant, seamless wireless Internet experience. “ Wireless high speed internet access for Washtenaw County equally available in urban, suburban and rural settings in 2007.” To provide a blend of “free” and “for fee” services. To serve as a model for other communities. To be a model of cooperation and collaboration between government, business and education To support economic development and improve the quality of life in Washtenaw County.
House Bill 5237
Signed Nov 21, 2005
Section 252(4): A public entity shall not establish a board or other entity for the purpose of providing regulation of a provider of services
Impact on Wireless Washtenaw
Washtenaw County holds contracts
Stakeholder Board will make project recommendations
Master Participation Agreement –Dec/Jan
Pilot applications received
City of Ann Arbor; City of Ypsilanti (with Eastern Michigan University); Salem Township; Southwestern Washtenaw Council of Governments; Superior Township; Village of Dexter; Washtenaw County
Over 3500 survey responses received through mailing, online surveys and community events.
Results are favorable
96% willing to use a wireless network
50% already possess wireless equipment
76% expressed a willingness to pay for premium service if the packages are acceptable