Show Us the Money... Please? City Officials Prep for Schmoozefest with FCC Chair at Mission Housing Project.
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But when it comes to sucking at the federal teat, no amount of digital prowess is too much. So it is that city officials are preparing to woo newly confirmed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on his upcoming visit to the city, in an effort to snare what San Francisco Department of Technology Media Director Ron Vincent said he hopes could be "millions" of dollars in federal stimulus money for increasing access to broadband Internet.
Genachowski is slated to visit the Valencia Gardens housing project in the Mission District on Sunday, where city officials are going to treat him to a presentation on what they've done -- and still hope to do -- to expand broadband here. Vincent said that, San Francisco's status as high-tech hub notwithstanding, there are many neighborhoods that still lack high-speed Internet access, such as Bayview, Hunters Point, parts of the Mission, and parts of Chinatown.
"We do see a high percentage that don't have access to broadband technology," Vincent said. He added the city could use federal stimulus dollars to run fiber-optic cable lines into underserved areas, though fiber is expensive and the city's exact approach to broadening its network hasn't been set in stone yet.
We'll keep waiting for the day when federal grants are available for an affable robotic triceratops. If only Dennis Kucinich had made it through the primaries...
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