Helena Moreno Jonathan Rhodes Smart City Internet Summons





The chairman of the council of New Orleans has subpoenaed a senior member of Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s staff in connection with a potential multi-million dollar project. Helena Moreno has subpoenaed Jonathan Rhodes, the chief executive of Cantrell’s utility company. The subpoena orders Rhodes to provide documents related to the proposed “Smart Cities” project. The project aims to deliver broadband connectivity solutions for the Internet and help bridge the digital divide in underserved communities. Moreno cites a lack of public information about the project, including a city-directed internet service that would compete with Cox and AT&T. “Digital justice has been at the forefront of the Cantrell administration since day one,” Rhodes said in a statement when the initiative was announced. “We know that one in four college students do not have access to the Internet at home, and there are places in our community where 30-50 percent of residents do not have Internet access at home. Mayor Cantrell believes that everyone should have access to high-speed Internet to bring digital justice and opportunity to all communities.” Rhodes subpoena orders his presence at 10 a.m. on April 27 in the council chambers to discuss the project.

The chairman of the council of New Orleans has subpoenaed a senior member of Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s staff in connection with a potential multi-million dollar project.

Helena Moreno has subpoenaed Jonathan Rhodes, the chief executive of Cantrell’s utility company.

The subpoena orders Rhodes to provide documents related to the proposed “Smart Cities” project.

The project aims to deliver broadband connectivity solutions for the Internet and help bridge the digital divide in underserved communities.

Moreno cites a lack of public information about the project, including a city-driven internet service that would compete with Cox and AT&T.

“Digital justice has been at the forefront of the Cantrell administration since day one,” Rhodes said in a statement when the initiative was announced. “We know that one in four students does not have internet at home, and there are places in our community where 30-50 percent of residents do not have internet at home. Mayor Cantrell believes that everyone should have access to high-speed internet to bring digital justice and opportunity to all communities.”

Rhodes subpoena orders his presence at 10 a.m. on April 27 in the council chambers to discuss the project.




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