Statement to the
City of Rockville Mayor and Council on
FY'99 Funding for RockNet
May 12, 1998
Good evening Mayor Krasnow, members of the Council, and members of the city staff. My name is Bob Ekman, and I am here tonight as the Vice President of RockNet, the Rockville Community Network. We thank the City for their support in FY98, and through the FY99 planning and budget process, we would like the City to continue and increase their support for RockNet.
During the past year, the City has given us space and Internet connectivity on the City's web server, through which RockNet has maintained an independent web site. Our web site has averaged over 600 visitors a month, who, after visiting our site, better understand why Rockville is a great place to live. We maintain an on-line calendar of events in Rockville and links to businesses, civic associations, religious organizations, and schools. During the recent City elections, we established a collection of non-partisan web pages for citizens to follow the candidates and issues.
The City has provided part-time labor to RockNet through the City web administrator position. From this labor, RockNet has received support for communications between the City, citizens and RockNet, including web site statistics reports, participation in our monthly meeting, and the publication of a RockNet flyer. The City has also provided email list servers and e-mail routing services for RockNet.
Our partnership is working and we would like it to grow. There are three specific areas
where the City can help in FY'99.
During the next year, with the help of the City, we plan to expand the Rockville Community Network. These plans include
Thank you again for your support in FY'98. We welcome all who want to participate in Rockville's future through the building of the Rockville Community Network.
Robert W. Ekman, for
RockNet, the Rockville Community Network
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