- Dwight Silverman reports, via his TechBlog, that City shelves municipal WiFi plan. “Matt Stiles, the Chronicle’s City Hall reporter, tells me the city has put its plan for a municipal WiFi network on hold, ‘except for parking meters and such.’“
Censorship… or not
Houston City Council Member Addie Wiseman started a conversation on censorship last week, coming up on the side of censorship. Here’s some coverage on this issue.
- The 7/3 editorial from the Houston Chronicle comes out against the issue in Get some sleep! Houston councilwoman’s complaint about early morning profanity on the public access cable channel ignores free speech imperative. where they write: “she should realize there’s nothing funny about letting officials dictate the content of a channel built on the concept of unfettered public expression.“
Kudos to Mayor Bill White and Council Member Mark Goldberg for their comments. As reported in the Houston Chronicle:
- Mayor Bill White seemed unimpressed. “Until we solve crime and redevelop every neighborhood, I certainly don’t intend to be watching at 3 in the morning and making calls telling them what to put on TV,” the mayor said.
- Councilman Mark Goldberg, who chairs the panel that will conduct a hearing on the issue, warns that he and his colleagues should not be in the business of dictating what is and isn’t acceptable on the public access channel.