By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Vice President
HANC's September General meeting consisted of presentations on three separate topics: AT&T broadband boxes, MUNI's Transit Effectiveness Project, and the proposed park closure legislation.
Tedi Vriheas from AT&T discussed AT&T's plans to install refrigerator-size boxes to upgrade its broadband from DSL to fiber optics. A list of approximately 40 locations in or near the Haight Ashbury where these boxes are planned to be installed was printed in the September issue of the Voice. AT&T has already obtained approval for these boxes from the Planning Commission. There is a CEQA appeal making its way through the court system, but there has been no stay issued, and AT&T is proceeding with the installations. The boxes cannot be placed underground because 1) the boxes contain air conditioning fans, which need above-ground vents, and 2) the underground space is already used by other utlilities (water, sewer, electricity).