“Going forward, there must be a better procurement process for technology in city government — one which is fully transparent and allows significant public scrutiny.
“One month for RFPs and one WEEK for PEP review is just mind-boggling.
“While the cost of the contract has come down during that period between RFP and final contract, luckily, we don’t fully know the details of how and why the costs are reduced.
“The fact is that this project, as advertised, will help get our schools internet services that are far more robust than those available today — and if we do not approve it now, we will be forgoing tens of millions of dollars in federal e-rate aid that the city is eligible for.
“If we deny this contract, the story would then become about our neglect in obtaining e-rate funds — and our kids would be waiting even longer for decent internet access, an outcome I can’t endorse.” Read more…