Saturday, December 01, 2007

County Considering Wi-Fi In Face of Mounting Problem$ With Trash Program

The St. Louis Business Journal reports St. Louis and St. Charles county officials say they are determined to figure out something their counterparts in San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento and Cincinnati could not: how to provide a regionwide wireless Internet system that works. This follows on the heels of how St. Louis County is trying to provide a regionwide trash collection system that is meeting much consumer resistence.

While a valued service, numerous cities have found that wi-fi (wireless Internet) is expensive to provide. St. Louis and St. Charles County officials need to take note of the cities mentioned in this article along with the City of St. Louis.

Despite failures in several major cities across the country, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and members of their respective county councils are pushing forward with a plan to explore ways to put the proper infrastructure in place. Their latest move comes just one month after AT&T dropped its plans to outfit St. Louis with citywide Wi-Fi due to high costs and power supply issues.

Members of both county councils are assembling a joint ad hoc steering committee that will decide whether the two counties should ultimately coordinate their efforts. If so, the committee will select board appointees to a nonprofit organization called the St. Louis Regional Broadband Coalition. The coalition will be charged with oversight of a strategic plan for a regional Internet infrastructure that would include both wired broadband and wireless technologies.

Board members are expected to include representatives of local businesses, educational and cultural institutions, health-care systems and government agencies.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:00 AM

    One of the leading and driving concerns that St. Louis County is using to push for Districting, is simply that the County felt it should support "Landfill Diversion" ...........well, by the Mo DNR press release, it appears that the State is meeting and exceeding its goals without St. Louis County help. Maybe St.Louis County should stay out of our trash, and get their own house in order................


    JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 30, 2007 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has determined Missourians kept an estimated 44 percent of its trash out of landfills during 2006.
    This percentage is down from the 46 percent diverted in 2005. Some of the drop may be attributed to the increase of storm debris placed in landfills after Missouri experienced severe storms during 2006. In addition, the estimated amount of trash generated statewide has increased from 12.1 million tons a year ago to 12.5 million tons in 2006.
    The Department of Natural Resources estimates 1.2 tons of waste was landfilled per person in the state when distributed across Missouri's population. This is up slightly from 1.13 tons per person in 2005. Since 2001, however, Missouri continues to exceed the state's 40 percent waste diversion goal established in 1990 by Senate Bill 530.
    "In the past 16 years, the department and Missouri's 20 solid waste management districts have helped to create and sustain recycling services across the state," said Department of Natural Resources Director Doyle Childers. "Comprehensive waste prevention, public education efforts, material recovery facilities and composting operations all play a part in improving the way Missourians manage their solid waste."
    If you would like to reduce the amount of waste you generate, here are a few steps to follow:
    · Avoid purchasing over-packaged products.
    · Buy concentrated products.
    · Reuse cardboard boxes, plastic bags and paper sacks.
    · Invest in durable, quality products rather than disposable ones.
    · Remove your name from the mailing lists of materials you no longer wish to receive.
    · Avoid on-line purchases that can be purchased locally.
    · Buy reusable containers while avoiding containers that can only be thrown away.
    · Use sealable storage containers rather than plastic wrap.
    The department has several fact sheets and brochures on the Web that can provide additional ways to reduce waste. For additional ways to reduce waste in your business or home, visit the department's Web site at or contact Dennis Hansen at 1-800-361-4827 or (573) 751-5401.
    For news releases on the Web, visit For a complete listing of the department's upcoming meetings, hearings and events, visit the department's online calendar at


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