Boulder to demonstrate new online petitioning software

Boulder City Council in a Tuesday study session will learn how to use the new online petitioning software created by Runbeck that the city says will be ready in January and available for the 2021 election cycle.

Work on the software has been in process since December when the city opted to contract with the Arizona-based election services company after a request for proposals. The decision follows a November 2018 election in which Boulder voters approved a charter amendment allowing for electronic endorsement of initiative petitions.

City staff maintain Runbeck was the best option, although some Boulder residents and members of the city’s former campaign finance working group pushed for MapLight, a nonprofit that develops software for nonprofits and governments.

According to previous reporting by the Camera, MapLight produced two “open source” systems, in which the programming code for the petitioning software could have been accessed and modified in a collaborative manner with the city. The programming code is the part of the software that most users do not see. It’s what computer programmers use to manipulate or change how a program works.

However, when MapLight responded to Boulder’s request for proposal, the offer was not for free development, according to a city staff memo provided in a previous council meeting.

A March Camera article said MapLight’s maintenance costs for its system would have cost the city $58,000 during the first year, $60,000 and up to $62,000 during the third year of Boulder using the software, according to city staff.

The four-year contract with Runbeck consists of monthly payments by the city for the system’s development up to about $250,000, with $80,000 per year in expected maintenance costs, city staff told Council.

Some members of the working group felt their voice wasn’t given enough weight in the process, and a

CommScope to Demonstrate 10G Virtualized Networks and In-Home Experiences at SCTE

HFC network evolution, Wi-Fi 6E connected home, experts in 17 presentations and panels

CommScope announced that it will demonstrate its vision for 10G and virtualized networks as well as the in-home experiences that will follow—at this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

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CommScope to Demonstrate 10G Virtualized Networks and In-Home Experiences at SCTE (Graphic: Business Wire)

CommScope’s demonstrations will center around key advancements in operator solutions for the access network and the connected home. In the industry’s drive to 10G and virtualization, CommScope is leading the way with its Virtual Headend Portfolio, offering a complete range of solutions for virtualizing the four primary planes of modern operator networks: data, video, control, and management. In addition, CommScope’s Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) demonstrations will show the technology’s ability to unlock the potential of 5G to compete with fixed-line services in urban and sub-urban areas.

As operators continue to evolve their HFC networks, pushing physical processing to the fiber node, CommScope is adding a new range of Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) solutions to its portfolio to address the need for a greater density of more powerful node-based Remote PHY and Remote MACPHY devices. These solutions enable operators—like Mediacom, which deployed CommScope’s full end-to-end solution in its 10G trial network—to take the next step in evolving their HFC networks. In particular, the E6000r family of R-PHY Shelf products is making deployment faster and easier—powering the shift towards DAAs and virtualized networks for leading global operators like Norlys(Stofa), Tele Columbus AG and Vidanet.

  • Following on from a prior announcement, Norlys (Stofa) is adding new innovation to their R-PHY network which is currently leveraging the E6000 Core and NC2000 R-PHY nodes. The network operator is deploying CommScope’s R-PHY Shelf solution which is highly