Hamilton Mayor's Intelligent City Task Force for December 2016
By Joey Coleman // @JoeyColeman
Published: Dec 15 2016 (5 months ago) // Last Updated: Dec 15 2016 (5 months ago)
Sat in on the Mayor's Intelligent Task Force's December meeting.
The meetings are now open to the public thanks to recent Ontario Ombudsman decisions declare similar committees in other municipalities to be open public meetings.
- meeting began with presentations by NetAccess and Rogers outlining their services and infrastructure in Hamilton. NetAccess specifically mentioned plans to expand LTE services and build new Fibre Optic trunks under King Street during LRT construction. Rogers - following questions from Councillor Donna Skelly - spoke about rural services to farmers, suburban services in Flamborough, and the future of connectivity for the rural economy.
- Following this, there was a staff presentation on what benchmarks are needed for Hamilton to move up in the Intelligent Community Forum ratings.
- the task force heard about how Hamilton can better market itself to ICF to move up the ranking.
- Howard Rabb, who now works for the City's new telecommunications company HCE Telecom, brought good points to the discussion.
- Open Data - the City is still working on a plan. Interestingly, staff were non-committal beyond saying the City needs to work on internal processes in 2017.
This was the first meeting with advance public notice posted on the City website.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Councillor Skelly was late, the meeting couldn't start until she arrived at 11:05am, Mayor Eisenberger was late, arriving at 11:44am, Councillor Green sent regrets.