Review Contacts with Vendor Referrals
Vacations by TWG members and vendor referrals precluded making contact with them prior to the meeting.
Discuss Next Steps in Implementation
Chair Burtner was asked to prepare a questionnaire that seeks further information regarding the wireless networks that have been proposed by the two finalists, Wireless Hotspot/Firetide and CDCE/Tropos, in response to the TWGs Statement of Work. TWG members suggested questions for the questionnaire and others can be submitted today to the Chair by e-mail. The two finalists are to respond to the questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. PDT on July 29, 2004. The goal is to select a finalist at the next meeting on August 2, 2004. Nilo Niccolai requested that the ranking matrix for the seven vendors that submitted proposals be made a part of the minutes. The ranking matrix for the seven vendors is attached.
Future Funding Prospects
The amount authorized by the City Council for the wireless networks in the libraries and downtown Fullerton was $56,000. Operating costs for a year are expected to be less than $10,000. An attempt will be made to offset continuing operating costs by generating revenue from advertising space on the network portal and obtaining financial assistance from the Fullerton businesses and business associations that will most benefit from the creation of the wireless network. Downtown businesses will have the option of purchasing inexpensive equipment that will enable them to bring the WiFi signal into their establishments for the use of their customers. Use of the network by visitors to the downtown will be offered free of charge for at least the six months of the pilot project and hopefully thereafter.