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San Francisco Topic: Telecomunications
Many people are critical on the local cable provider, TCI. Complaints range from poor service, high rates and few channels. The city has been not been very aggressive in negotiating a contract with the company nor has TCI shown much interest in offering the new and innovative services it plans for other cities. Other cities such as Palo Alto and San Carlos have been much more innovative in their plans for telecommunication technology. This is surprising given the strong financial and media business in the city.

Articles & Organizations
  • TCI chief links quality with regulated rates - Oct. 6, Mercury News for what TCI thinks of the city.
  • TCI may face competition from cities - Can San Bruno lead its neighbors through the proper channels? By Louis Trager, San Francisco Examiner, May 18, 1997
  • City of Palo Alto's Telecommunication Strategy Study, info
  • Keep Community Cable Coalition - dedicated to preservation of community control over cable television in Palo Alto, CA
  • Summary of Telecommunications Act implications for local governments by Brian Moura, Assistant City Manager, San Carlos, California.
  • The League of California Cities Model Telecommunications Policy
  • Reed Hundt's Speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors - January 18, 1997, to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C
  • Committee on Democratic Communications - defending low power radio agains the FCC
  • ABAG Telecom Page - a good place to start
  • Hotlinks! - by Neil J. Lehto
  • Web Resources
  • Telecommunications Information - at states.org
  • Zpub's Local Media - newspapers, radio, tv
  • :Government Technology Policy - at yahoo
  • San Francisco: Media & Issues Q&A Forum - Media & Issues - People - History


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