Downtown Wi-Fi plan hits City Council firewall A bid to bring wireless, outdoor Internet access Downtown ran into static before City Council yesterday, when members asked that the deal be reworked.The contract for the wi-fi deal was delivered to City Council at 10:20 am on Wednesday. The city council meeting started at 10 am the same day. They asked for a vote on the day they delivered a contract.
Just three council members voted for a proposal to allow the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and its contractor, US Wireless Online, to post Wi-Fi antennae on 53 city light posts Downtown, around PNC Park, and near Mellon Arena. Three other council members abstained, and three were not present.
I'd vote no on that alone.
I'd call for another public hearing because the contract wasn't available when we gathered to talk about the deal on Monday, at a public hearing.
Then at the meeting, the $40 per pole charge was pulled out of thin air by Mr. Peduto.
Table the bill. Call for another public hearing. Have the PDP bring enough copies of their handouts for the public as well.