Riverside-AT&T wireless broadband service agreement available for download

I know many of you are curious to see the terms of the wireless broadband service agreement entered into by the city of Riverside, California and AT&T. Download the contract between AT&T and Riverside.

I would like to thank Steve Reneker, CIO of Riverside, for sending the document to me. It is publicly available, so you can also obtain it from the city.

I have not had a chance to review the agreement because I’m busy preparing for our conference in Minneapolis (October 23-24, 2006). But as soon as I get the chance, I will post my comments. You are all welcome to go through the entire agreement and post your comments below.


  1. Riverside Wi-Fi says

    Now my fear for Riverside residents is that Reneker leaves for $greener$ pastures in the privtae sectore before the Wi-Fi is ever turned on.

    Other technology projects for Riverside that have stalled or have not been delivered for many reasons (no follow through with vendors, lack of financial resources, changes to technology, etc.) have left some in Riverside with a bad taste in their mouth.

    The city still has remnants of wireless devices attached to light poles from a previous wireless venture that went bust (those devices are coming down from the poles shortly).

    My point is, if Reneker leaves (which you can be sure because of this project his phone will be ringing frequently), I hope that the city of Riverside has a potential city employee that can be promoted to CIO in order to see the project completed.

    This project is not just about Wi-Fi, but has many other components, including new technologies that are not even in use by city, county, state or local governments.

    If Reneker were to leave, the city must have succession planning in place for this critical position.

    For Reneker to leave (which he is free to do) the City of Riverside for career and financial growth I would suspect will cause pain to the city and it’s employees and residents who will be using the various new technologies that will be yet to be deployed.

    One area that troubles me with the approved RFP and associated ordinance is that AT&T and/or the city can give 90 days notice to terminate the agreement. This is a very big project, not a lease for office space or a contract for engineering. This project has many, many tenacles to it and I would absolutely be very, very disapponited if AT&T were to decide…well…uh…we’ve had a change in business direction and Muni Wi-Fi is not for us so good-bye. The city could never find an operator, let alone go out to bid and approve a replacement vendor in 90 days. This agreement should have had a cancellation agreement of at least one year, at least for those pieces that are new and emerging technologies such as the 4.9 public safety system and the Wi-Fi.

    I’m very surprised Riverside’s internal and external legal counsel did not take a harder look at the cancellation provision.

    Exciting time for Riverside city employees, residents, business people and college students!

    If the project comes to fruition, our income challenged residents will be able to begin to bridge the technology divide with assistance of the program. AT&T has operated a Lifleline low-income telephone service program (funded by the state) for many years and this provides AT&T first hand knowledge how the low-income component of the Riverside Wi-Fi can best be adminstered and reach residents who need help based on need.

    With Intel on board and other potential private companies in the wings, this should be good for both private indutsry and government to really help those who need the assistance, and validate to those business donors that they can see results from their kindness and donations.

  2. Frank Robbinson says

    What about open access? Is Metro-Fi allowed to offer services to other providers. Riverside has a bunch of existing ISP’s.

    Did we just see a City cave in to an incumbent?

    Let’s face it AT&T has some very smart lawyers, won’t be long before their true plans show up.

    Has anyone seen a Metro-Fi 4.9Ghz radio work?