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Resolution Number: 29902

A RESOLUTION relating to high-speed telecommunications services; establishing the City's intention to explore alternative ways of providing the citizens of Seattle telecommunications services, including television.

Date introduced/referred: Feb 8, 1999
Date adopted: Feb 16, 1999
Status: ADOPTED
Vote: 6-0 (Recused: Drago; Excused: Conlin, Donaldson)

Committee: Committee of Whole
Sponsor: PODLODOWSKI

Index Terms: TELECOMMUNICATIONS, COMMUNICATION-SYSTEMS, TELEVISION, CABLE-TELEVISION, FRANCHISES, FREEDOM-OF-INFORMATION, CITIZENS-ADVISORY-COMMITTEES

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A RESOLUTION relating to high-speed telecommunications services; establishing the City's intention to explore alternative ways of providing the citizens of Seattle telecommunications services, including television.

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle recognizes the desire of its citizens to have high-speed, open and non-discriminatory access to television signals, the Internet, and other telecommunication services, and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle recognizes the importance of such unimpeded access to assure the City's continued economic growth, and to promote community involvement and political inclusion; and

WHEREAS, it is the City of Seattle's goal to promote the development of the technological infrastructure necessary for such access; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE:

Section 1 SCOPE AND INTENT: The Mayor shall form an advisory panel to explore the costs and benefits of, and any legal or regulatory issues relating to, alternative ways of providing the citizens of Seattle with telecommunications services, including franchising private providers, establishing public-private partnerships to provide the services, and the creation of a public utility to provide the services. The panel shall also identify the best ways for the City to monitor emerging cable and telecommunications standards.

Section 2 PARTICIPATION: The panel shall consist of the City's Chief Technology Officer, representatives of Seattle City Light, the Executive Services Department, the Law Department, the Citizen's Technology & Telecommunications Advisory Board, the Mayor's Office, the City Council, and appropriate community and industry representatives.

Section 2 TIMELINE: The panel shall submit a detailed scope of work and budget, if required, to City Council by March 31, 1999. Its final report is due to City Council no later than September 30, 1999.

Adopted by the City Council the ______ day of ______________, 19 ___, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its adoption this _______ day of _______________, 19 ___. ____________________________________ President_____________of the City Council

Filed by me this _____ day of ________________, 19 ___. ____________________________________ City Clerk

THE MAYOR CONCURRING: ___________________________________ PAUL SCHELL, MAYOR

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