Broadband to become San Francisco utility

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-02-20 Print this article Print

"The Connected Urban Development concept complements San Francisco's Climate Action Plan and will help make our carbon-reduction goals a reality," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, host of the event, told participants.

Newsom said that cities are the largest contributor to energy consumption and climate change.

"Cities are responsible for 75 percent of the planet's energy use. Sixty percent of the world will live in cities by 2030, and global electricity use will grow by more than 35 percent," Newsom said. "We've got to get something started now to hold off detrimental effects to the environment that have already begun."

Newsom told eWEEK in a separate conversation that he sees the city's three-year-old municipal broadband project-which had involved Google and EarthLink but since has been tabled with no resolution-eventually becoming a kind of city utility.

"With all the different ISPs now in use [in the city], we're just going to have to find a way to get them to all work together so that the underserved in the community [who cannot afford to buy a connection] can also use the Internet for their own betterment," Newsom told eWEEK. "It will eventually happen. I'm confident of it."

CUD's mission over time is to issue a set of blueprints of best practices and methodologies that can be used as a reference by other cities. These blueprints will be replicated to additional cities during the second CUD phase (to Madrid, Hamburg, Lisbon and Birmingham, UK), then scaled on a global basis in the third phase.

"It is our responsibility as global citizens to help address the challenges of climate change," Chambers said in his keynote address. "Cisco is approaching this by not only reducing our own company's carbon output, but also by helping our customers and partners use the network as a 'green' platform for sustainable business and government progress.

"If we are innovative and collaborative in our approach, ICT (information and communications technology) can dramatically improve how we manage our global environmental footprint and climate concerns," Chambers said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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