Public Wi-Fi proposal gets lukewarm reception in Thousand Oaks



By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views

Thousand Oaks in Ventura County is having severe budget problems.  Tens of millions in deferred maintenance.  A doubling of the mandatory CalPRS contribution.  High union wages—and revenues that are not growing.  Now someone has decided it would be a good idea for this financially troubled city to provide Wi-Fi.  Guess no one heard of Verizon, Sprint, etc.  Instead they want the city to go into competition with private firms—which will cause lower tax revenues from these firms!

“At the Aug. 29 meeting where the matter came up, some members of the council sounded like they needed additional convincing.

“I have many more questions before I could embrace this concept,” Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña said.

Chief among them: cost, cybersecurity and reliability, she said.

Councilmember Al Adam said he supported the idea but thought it might be too early to set it up.

“I don’t think at the moment we have the development to justify it, but we will eventually,” he said.

No where did anyone mention how many in a town of 130,000 do not have wi-fi—or why those that don’t can’t use the wi-fi at the libraries or city hall?  Just another crony capitalist scam.

Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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