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Monday, May 15, 2006

The Mayor Blogs (or speaks to bloggers)

The citywide WiFi machine is in full cycle (or at least the PR spin cycle). I moderated a conference call Monday evening with Mayor White and Richard Lewis, the city's CIO. The call was originally opened just to a handful of Houston's bloggers however some of our blogging brethren posted the phone number to make sure this had an open architecture feel.

As the person who simply tried to keep the flow going I will sacrifice my take on the outcome. You can find some play-by-play commentary on several sites including Dwight's TechBlog, BlogHouston, Houstonist, Brains and Eggs, Isolation Desolation and Matt Bramanti of the Lone Star Times.

Bottom line...Everyone was civil. They didn't speak over each other like the ladies of The View. No earth shattering information was dispensed though we were updated on Barry Bonds' first at-bat (walked). And one participant asked if the city will crack down on blogging while driving.

Log on here Wednesday evening at 6:30pm when we open up the chat to anyone and everyone. And get me more servers, quickly!

UPDATE: Larry Hendrick posts an mp3 of the conference on his Business Unusual blog.


  • I think the fact that there's a heck of a lot of groundwork being done on this that appears to show that White has learned from some of the mistakes that took place during the sloppy early phases of SafeClear.

    By Blogger Laurence, at 10:03 PM  

  • SafeClear was a bust. PR nightmare for the mayor.

    This seems to be a better way to take an issue to public. Good call getting you Garf to take this to the public.

    At least you can make things understandable to non-techies and definitely make it entertaining.

    By Anonymous Lauren Fischer, at 10:08 PM  

  • Having lived all around town, I'd like to see this installed in such a manner that those who CANNOT get DSL (like much of the 77017 or 77023 zips) get the install first. This is a great way to help folks across the "digital divide".

    By Blogger Regina, at 10:41 AM  

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