A consortium of experienced companies, responding to an RFP issued by the City on September 27, 2006, was selected by Council on March 5, 2007, to create a plan that could result in an agreement for an acceptable citywide ultra-high-speed broadband system. Consortium members are 180 Connect, PacketFront Inc., and Axia NetMedia, the latter taking the place of Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets.
Community members Andy Poggio and Bob Harrington were appointed on April 9, 2007, by Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto as Advisors to the Mayor - Broadband to advise the Mayor and staff during the discussions with Consortium members. More than 30 meetings between staff and Consortium members have been held since then.
Former Councilmember Bern Beecham was selected on May 5, 2008, by Mayor Larry Klein to act as Advisor to the Mayor - Broadband joining advisors Andy Poggio and Bob Harrington.
Negotiations of final City agreements with the Consortium on the Fiber to the Premise project were ongoing from July 14, 2008, to March 9, 2009, when Axia withdrew from negotiations with the City.
Earlier, it was anticipated an agreement could be completed during the fourth quarter of 2008, but challenges arose which are detailed in CMR 143:09.
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