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A “Golden Spike” for the 21st century

Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network celebrates milestones for regional wireless project

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend a ceremony celebrating the latest project milestones for “Wireless Silicon Valley,” a Joint Venture-led project to make the 1,500 square-mile Silicon Valley region wireless by 2008.

At their November 17th meeting, the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network board of directors will kick off the implementation phase of the new data network. They will be joined by officials of the San Mateo County Telecommunications Authority (SAMCAT), Joint Venture’s public-sector partner for the project, and by members of Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a collaboration of IBM, Cisco Systems, SeaKay and Azulstar who were selected to construct the network.

A “Golden Spike” for the 21st century. Board members and leaders of the project will sign the first transmitter box that will be mounted in the new network, which is painted a ceremonial shade of gold. That transmitter will then be deployed in city hall of the first city to adopt the model agreement and provide permits to the Metro Connect team.

“In the last century people were connected by railroads, and they celebrated the first transcontinental railroad by driving a golden spike,” said Joint Venture President & CEO Russell Hancock. “In the 21st century we’re mounting a golden transmitter, because now communities are connected by electronic means, and Silicon Valley is leading the way.”

More than just a promise of a ubiquitous network, the Wireless Silicon Valley project will ultimately connect the greater Silicon Valley region at broadband speeds—from San Mateo to Gilroy and extending to Santa Cruz. It is the first regional network to be built on such a scale in the United States.

Remarks and announcements will be made by:

  • Brian Moura, Deputy City Manager, City of San Carlos (project co-chair)
  • Dan Fenton, President and CEO, San Jose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (project co-chair)
  • Michael Dillon, Director, Industry Solutions, Safety, Security and Community Broadband, IBM
  • Kevin Dickson, Director, Product Management, Outdoor Networks, Cisco


There will be also be demonstrations of city portal webpages and wireless equipment for consumers and cities.


Friday, November 17, 2006 from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.


AMD Corporate Headquarters
Commons Building
One AMD Place

For more information on the Wireless Silicon Valley project see:

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The San Mateo County Telecommunications Authority (SAMCAT) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) formed in June 1989 to manage the negotiations and renewal of the franchise for Cable TV with TCI for five agencies. SAMCAT expanded its charter in 1996 to include all aspects of telecommunications including competitive access providers, telephone and cellular services, wireless companies, fiber optics and antenna siting issues. It has developed model agreements that have sped time to market for companies such as RCN which obtained their first competitive Cable TV Franchises in California from San Mateo County agencies that are SAMCAT members.

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