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COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:May  8, 2019
 



SUBJECT:

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AT ITS MARCH 19, 2019 MEETING DIRECTING THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO: (1) AUTHORIZE THE CITY'S INDEPENDENT SEWER SYSTEM EXPERT, HAZEN AND SAWYER, TO PREPARE A RESPONSE TO THE REBUTTAL REPORT BY CABLERUNNER INTERNATIONAL (TO HAZEN AND SAWYER'S APRIL 20, 2018 RECOMMENDATION AGAINST THE USE OF THE CITY'S SEWER SYSTEM TO INSTALL A FIBER CABLE NETWORK); (2) RETAIN A STORMWATER SYSTEM EXPERT TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THE CITY'S STORMWATER SYSTEM TO INSTALL FIBER CABLE (AS PROPOSED BY CABLERUNNER); AND (3) RETAIN A CONSULTANT WITH APPROPRIATE IT/TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPERTISE (NOT AFFILIATED WITH JOHNSON CONTROLS OR HOTWIRE) TO EVALUATE THE VARIOUS FIBER TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE BUILD-OUT OF A CITY FIBER NETWORK; WITH ALL SUCH COSTS TO BE PAID FOR BY CABLERUNNER.


RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends against approving the Resolution, and to further limit future discussions to only City owned fiberoptic installations.

ANALYSIS

CableRunner International (Cable through a fiber cable network) is a company based in Vienna, Austria that offers a mechanism to install fiber optic conduits within gravity sanitary sewer systems. CableRunner also believes that stormwater systems can also be utilized for CableRunner’s technology.

CableRunner has issued an unsolicited proposal to the City to utilize either the City’s sanitary sewer system or the City’s stormwater system as conduits for fiber optic cables.

On February 14, 2018, the Mayor and City Commission referred the unsolicited proposal from CableRunner to the City’s Finance and Citywide Projects Committee (FCWPC) for review: the FCWPC issued a recommendation to the City Commission that the City hire an expert to review the unsolicited proposal.

On April 20, 2018, the City’s sewer system experts, Hazen and Sawyer, provided an evaluation of CableRunner’s technology considering local conditions in Miami Beach to determine the suitability of installing an in-sewer fiber optic network. Hazen and Sawyer recommended against utilizing the sewer system for such a purpose.

There was a discussion during the October 31, 2018 Neighborhoods/Community Affairs Committee (NCAC) meeting relating to the CableRunner proposal, at that meeting, CableRunner requested that the City authorize Hazen and Sawyer to respond to CableRunner’s rebuttal to Hazen’s April 20, 2018 report. Pursuant to the discussion, the NCAC made four recommendations relating to the unsolicited proposal, and “5G” technology in general, requesting that the Administration:

(1) Authorize the City’s independent sewer system expert, Hazen and Sawyer, to respond to the rebuttal report by CableRunner to Hazen and Sawyer’s April 20, 2018 negative recommendation against the use of the City’s sewer system for running cable through the City;

(2) Authorize the Administration to hire a stormwater system expert to conduct a study to determine whether the City’s stormwater system would be a good fit for the running of cable through the City’s stormwater system, and for CableRunner to pay the cost for said expert;

(3) Have the Administration hire an expert with appropriate expertise to evaluate the various “5G” technologies. The expert would provide direction to the Mayor and City Commission as to what is the best option in quickly and efficiently obtaining “5G” infrastructure, and for the expert to compare the various technologies (including but not limited to reviewing the City's “smart city” proposal pending with Johnson Controls); and

(4) Have the Administration reach out to the City’s outside counsel on telecommunications for assistance on technical aspects relating to the industry, the technology, and to review for preemption concerns.

A Resolution accepting the recommendation of the NCAC at its October 31, 2018 meeting was placed for approval on the January 16, 2019 City Commission agenda. An initial motion was made to withdraw this item but, later in the meeting, a motion was made by Vice-Mayor Gongora, seconded by Commissioner Aleman, to refer the item back to the NCAC.

At its March 19, 2019 meeting, the NCAC made a motion to authorize the Administration to proceed with items 1 and 2, and hire an appropriate IT/Telecommunications expert to evaluate the various fiber technologies for the build-out of a City fiber network with all costs to be paid for by CableRunner.

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends against adoption of the Resolution, and continues to stand by the engineering report conducted by Hazen and Sawyer, indicating that the City's sewer system is not suitable for the installation of an in-sewer fiber optic network. In addition, the Administration is concerned that a for profit installation in our underground infrastructure will open a series of concerns. As a result, it is recommended to limit any discussions to City owned fiber installations for use by the City in its role as a municipal government.

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ATTACHMENTS:
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March 19, 2019 NCAC afteraction
Resolution