||[Aug. 2nd, 2006|05:07 pm]
Today I braved the unbearable heat to meet up with a city councilor here in Cambridge. I met up with her to give my ideas on what needs to happen to make the city's wifi project (a.k.a. a "Municipal Wireless ISP") come along. It's been moving very slowly. I've been involved with the people who are in charge of it, the city's IT department. Things have been moving slowly, and I haven't received any money from them since April. $5000 for my work doesn't go very far, and I felt like I deserve a lot more considering this is what I do. But anyhow my suggestion was that a separate, non-profit organization be set up, and that the city and all of the other organizations which have said they are interested in the project work with the organization, which I have named "Cambridge Public Internet Foundation", CPIF. CPIF would take donations of money, time, resources from the City, Harvard, MIT, Housing Authority, etc, and grands from federal, state, and private organizations to build out a municipal network. It would allow lots more funding to come into the project, which is ham-stringed by the city's budget at this point.
Anyhow, the councilor agreed with me that it the idea had merit, but said that nothing could happen till September at the earliest. Even then, I didn't get a feeling from her than this organization would pan out the way I had in mind, or pay for my time.
So, this is it. I quit. I am no longer giving a shit about the city or its networks. I don't think their network is going to amount to a hill of beans, and if there are piles of legumes they are years down the road. Yet another project I wish I had never become involved with. This, coupled with a bad end to a three year relationship, is just another bond broken between me and the area. Another root holding me in this hellhole of Boston has been severed, and it was the last substantial root. Come the slightest breeze and I'll blow away.
OK, have a nice day, and just remember to be glad, because you are not me.