May 21st, 2011

Have Lunch with the City of Portland’s Broadband Planners

Have Lunch with the City of Portland’s Broadband Planners

Hot on the heels of the third Lunch 2.0 at WebTrends, I’m pleased to announce another three-time host will be joining the likes WebTrends and AboutUs, the City of Portland.

On June 29, the Office of Cable Communications & Franchise Management will join the Portland Development Commission and CivicApps as the third City organization to host a Lunch 2.0 and invite the community to an open dialog about City matters.

This one is close to all our hearts, citywide broadband access.

Connecting to Our Future is the result of City of Portland Resolution 36816 (PDF). Check out coverage by Rick (@turoczy) and Mike Rogoway (@rogoway) for background.

Since January, Deputy Director Mary Beth Henry (@pdxcycle) and her colleagues have been hard at work drafting the Broadband Strategic Plan, and it’s ready and waiting for your comments.

Seriously. Hit link above to read the draft plan and attend the Lunch 2.0 on June 29 to let Mary and team know what you think of their plan.

The lunch will be held in the Portland Building, the one guarded by Portlandia (the statue, not the show). Mary Beth will give a short presentation covering the broadband initiative in the Auditorium, then we’ll adjourn to Room C on the second floor for networking and further discussion.

Don’t miss this opportunity to let the City know what you think. I’m pretty sure we all support ubiquitous, affordable, robust broadband, but how the City accomplishes this effort is what’s up for discussion.

Thanks to Mary Beth and the City for offering us the chance to participate and have our voices heard.

Don’t wait to RSVP for this one. It looks to be a popular one. As usual, leave a comment when you RSVP if you’ll be wanting vegan/vegetarian fare.

Hosts: Office of Cable Communications & Franchise Management, Broadband Strategic Planning

Where: 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204

When: June 29, 2011 from 12 PM to 2 PM

RSVP on Upcoming

Upcoming Portland Lunch 2.0s

If you’re interested or know someone who might be interested in hosting a Lunch 2.0, drop a comment, hit me up on Twitter (@jkuramot), etc.

Want to know what’s involved? Check out the how-to primer.

Big thanks to all the hosts who have hosted or plan to host Lunch 2.0. As with the majority of the tech events in Portland, sponsors make them happen. So, we humbly thank you.

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11 Responses to “Have Lunch with the City of Portland’s Broadband Planners”

  1. Amber James says:

    I would like to RSVP for the Lunch 2.0. Vegetarian meal, please.


  2. Jake says:

    Hi Amber, to RSVP, head over to Upcoming, indicate that you’re attending and leave a comment. Upcoming is a Yahoo property, so I’m assuming you probably have an ID with them already.

  3. Don’t be shy in telling the City how much their draft comes up short, either. People in Portland want/need fiber optic last mile infrastructure. And they want/need it not to look like Comcast. They need open-access to get the kind of competition that will keep prices low and applications available. The most likely way for the public to get open-access is by owning it themselves. See: brought to you by the people behind the Personal Telco Project, a local volunteer-based non-profit interested in communications liberty and self-help.

  4. Jake says:

    Hi Russell, will you be there? Sounds like you’ve done your homework.

  5. Jake, yes, I plan to be there. But the City already knows about me ;-). They need to be hearing from all the many other people who want fiber and want it not to suck out of the box and forever into the future. The way I read the current draft, as far as action plan goes, all it boils down to is “get Comcast”. That’s not good enough. The City needs to hear everyone telling them that.

  6. Jake says:

    Perhaps Rick can assist and help get the message out to people who want to be and/or should be involved.

  7. Rick Turoczy says:

    Russell, Would you be up for a guest post on what people SHOULD be doing to get a solution that doesn’t suck? I’d be happy to write something up, but honestly, I think you’d do the subject more justice.

  8. Rick Turoczy says:

    Russell, Awesome. Thank you! Just send it to when you’re ready ;)

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