DATE FOR THE BUSINESS PAPER
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BUSINESS PAPER SYSTEM
NEW BUSINESS PAPER
95 08 23rd August, 1995-
5.30 pm Dinner7.00 pm 1. Apologies 2. Disclosure and nature of interest
HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
3. Consideration of reports submitted by -
i. The General Manager
ii. The Divisional Manager - Business & Financial Services
iii The Divisional Manager - Development & Health
HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
SUMMARY OF ITEMS CONTAINED IN THE
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
TO BE HELD ON 23RD AUGUST, 1995-
01:01 The Internet/Bulletin Boards & Council - Hurstville City Home Page : General Manager's Report
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REPORT ITEM NO: .
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT NO 1 TO COUNCIL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON 23RD AUGUST, 1995
The Mayor & Councillors
Hustville City Council
The Civic Centre
Hereunder is my report No.01 to be submitted to the Council Meeting:-
01.01 THE INTERNET/BULLETIN BOARDS & COUNCIL - HURSTVILLE CITY HOME PAGE
In a report to Council in April last year, I referred to the need for the public to have better access to information, particularly information about the Council, the things the Council wants to do, and to community information. To pursue this it was proposed at that time, that Council look into the possibility of establishing a Hurstville City Council Electronic Bulletin Board Service (BBS). The idea was pursued as time permitted with a change of approach some months ago to include the possibility of utilizing the Internet to achieve the objective of better communications and access to information.
The Council's commitment to the utilization of the latest technology and preparedness to go all out to make an idea work, coupled with the desire to utilize the Internet, saw us introduced to Mr Alan Farrelly, Group Editor, Technology, News Ltd (News Corp). News Corp is looking to becoming a major player on the Internet as a "Provider" of information. Since that time, without any commitment on the part of either party, discussions have been held as to what information could be made available, how the information could be presented on the Internet and what concessions would be granted to Council and the Hurstville community in exchange for our input.
News Corp has been involved in confidential business negotiations relating to the proposed Internet service and these negotiations have now been successfully concluded, and the company is now in a position to proceed.
News Corp acquired Delphi Internet Services Corp. (USA) and has recently merged with the giant MCI Communications Corporation to provide extensive World Wide Internet-based online services.
Basically, the arrangement with Council is that News Corp would undertake all necessary work at its cost to prepare Hurstville City Council's "Home Page" for the Internet. This has already been done. News Corp would also make available hardware to enable public access to the Internet, together with a number of free online access accounts for use by Council and members of the public, and a high speed line and a server.
In undertaking negotiations, I have stipulated that Hurstville be presented to the current estimated 40 million users of the Internet world wide, as an identifiable community. I consider it very important for communities, to retain their identity and not be broken down into components. For example, our schools only appearing as - "Education - High Schools - Australia - Hurstville", with no ability to see Hurstville in its electronic form as an entity and community in its own right. News Corp readily agreed with this principle
Another important aspect agreed to by News Corp, was the right for Council to "put up" the Hurstville City Council Home Page on a Bulletin Board (BBS), so that local people who have a modem but do not subscribe to the Internet, can access the Hurstville community information. This information is not confined to Council information, but includes the whole community, such as schools, community groups, sporting groups, government departments, etc. I will also include E-Mail and the ability to conduct electronic community surveys.
The Hurstville Home Page is now complete and, I am told, Hurstville will be one of the biggest sites on the Internet. For example, the electronic business paper and minutes of Council meetings, the Management Plan, Council's Annual Report, details of Parks, facilities, community services, Library services and the community directory, plus much more, will be available for access throughout the world - this brings a new meaning to public access to local government. The extensive use of "hypertext" (HTML), means that it is possible to move instantly from one part of the council's information to another by the click of the mouse - indeed with a "click", it is possible to similarly access other World Wide Web (WWW) sites here and overseas.
The cost to access the Internet is the Service Providers fee, plus the cost of a local phone call. The Service Providers' charge will vary from Provider to Provider, but the prices are comparatively cheap and are falling.
The Internet provides electronic mail facilities, newsgroups, special interest groups, discussion groups, file transfer (ftp), Web browsing (surfing the net), etc. etc.
News Corp will include commercial content such as electronic newspapers and magazines, "cyber malls" for electronic shopping, on-line games, news service, etc. It will also have Home Pages for government including local government.
However, for all other subscribers, including other Councils, there will be a not insubstantial charge by News Corp for the design and preparation of content for a Home Page, plus an ongoing fee.
As can be seen, the offer to Hurstville City council is very good both financially and from the point of view of providing information to the public. It is excellent for the Council to once again be seen as a "leader", innovative, and utilizing leading edge communications technology.
We have been unable to locate a local government site on the World Wide Web (WWW) anywhere near as comprehensive or well presented as the Hurstville City site.
The Mayor has been kept fully informed of progress of the negotiations.
The following letter, dated 15th August 1995, has been received from Mr Alan Farrelly, Group Editor, Technology, News Corp:-
As you no doubt know, the general outlines of the new joint venture between News Corporation and MCI were announced last week. In essence, the Joint Venture will take over and run the Delphi Internet global online service. This is an exciting development as it brings together News, with its vast experience and resources in the media, and MCI, with its telecommunitys expertise. The two companies are committed to making the Delphi service the pre-eminent online service in the world.
However, the details of how the Australian section of the service will be operated is not yet clear. At this stage I am in a position to make the following commitments only:
A free test Web site will be established by Delphi later this month, probably next week. Its content will be available for access by anyone in the world with an Internet account.
We are prepared to place the Hurstville pages on our site and update and maintain them as necessary. There will, of course, be no cost involved to Hurstville City Council in this.
As regards the other matters we have discussed, these will be resolved as soon as possible. I shall be going to the US in early September and hope to have an answer to you on my return."
Attached as Appendix "A" are copies of press releases copied from the News Corp/Delphi on-line Internet site. A demonstration of the Hurstville City Home Page will be arranged for viewing prior to the meeting.
. Recommendation THE INTERNET/BULLETIN BOARDS & COUNCIL - HURSTVILLE CITY HOME PAGE RECOMMENDATION
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RECOMMENDATION NO: .01
Yours faithfully, H E J WALLACE GENERAL MANAGER
THAT Council thank News Corp for its generous offer and agree to participate in the News Corp/Delphi on-line Internet service on the basis set out in the General Manager's report.
THAT the Hurstville City Home Page on the Internet and access to the Council via its electronic mail address (MCI Mail), be publicized as widely as possible.
FURTHER, THAT the General Manager be authorized to take the necessary steps to provide a Hurstville City Bulletin Board Service (BBS) utilizing Council's Internet Home Page as a basis.
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. APPENDIX "A" Mark Pettit 1800644 NEWS News Corp/Delpbi Pamela Hamilton 21 24625050M
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REPORT ITEM NO: .
Appendix for General Manager's
MCI AND NEWS CORP. ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTUREWashington, DC and New York, NY, August 9, 1995 MCI Communications Corporation and News Corporation today announced a joint venture to launch new, Internet based online services for consumers and businesses. The joint venture will include all of the current online, interactive operations of each of the companies. MCI's Scott Kurnit has been named chief executive officer and president of the joint venture and News Corp.'s Anthea Disney has been named editor in chief of the joint venture.MCI businesses that will be part of the joint venture include MCI's Information Services/Entertainment Company, FYI Online services MCI's supersite on the Intemet's World Wide Web, and MCI's premier electronic mail service MCI Mail. News Corp. businesses to be contributed include Delphi Internet Services Corp., a leading provider of comprehensive Internet access for consumers since 1992, as we]l as Kesmai Corp., a pioneer in multiplayer, interactive, online games.Kurnit was previously president of MCI's Information Services/Entertainment Company. Disney was formerly the editorial director of Murdoch magazines and editorinchief of TV Guide the world's largest circulation magazine. Also assisting the joint venture will be Vinton G. Cerf, MC~'s senior vice president of Data Architecture. Dr. Cerf, known as the "Father of the Internet" rejoined MCI last year and has played a significant role in developing and bringing to market MCl's suite of Internetrelated products and services."MCI and News Corp. have each been committed to delivering information, entertainment and communications products and services that are integral to the way people live and work. These new online services will add multiple dimensions to how people can interact," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman and chief executive officer. "With its wealth of offerings and its power to enable people to establish personal communication links, this venture will bridge different communities of interest, create opportunities to build and grow relationships and enrich the daily experience of individuals from all walks of life.""We fully expect that these new online services will significantly advance what people expect from information and entertainment sources, and how they use them," said Bert Roberts, MCI chairman and chief executive officer. "This venture will be a premier provider for meaningful access to the unbounded resources of the Internet while at the same time providing the individual and professional with unique, exciting and valuable programming unavailable anywhere else.""We are creating the next generation of online Internet services," said Scott Kurnit. "Our online services will deliver a totally different kind of Internet experience full, friendly, and effortless access closely linked with lively and innovative content. Currently, online service providers offer Internet access that is not wellintegrated with all their other online activities, while Internet access providers have few content or service offerings," noted Kurnit."We are developing brand new programming for these new online services," said Disney. "It will be as engaging as any magazlne is to read or any TV show is to watch, but our programming will be produced specifically for the online environment. It will be so deeply engaging that people will want to keep coming back again and again."Murdoch and Roberts also noted the significant contributions made by Dr. Alan E. Baratz, forrner president and chief executive officer of Delphi Internet. Dr. Baratz has been recognized for establishing a strong strategic and technological foundation for the new service. His vision for incorporating Internetbased standards for the platform, as well as his understanding of Webbased publishing will help put this joint venture far ahead of any competitive service. Baratz, who will sit on the board of directors for the joint venture, will become President, News Technology Ventures, with responsibility for pursuing new technologybased media businesses for News Corp. Internetbased online services, and much moreThe new online venture will provide a wide range of interactive products and services, including a comprehensive guide to the Internet, an online news service for consumers and professionals, a wide variety of games, an engaging online space for children, and a host of specialized programming developed jointly with News Corp. companies like TV GUIDE, Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, fX, HarperCollins, and News Corp.'s worldwide news properties as well as a wealth of other nonaffiliated partners.Underlying all of these unique offerings ur~ll be common capabilities of interactive chatting, electroniG bulletin boards, opinion polling, and the ability to personalize the service for easy and rapid access to topics of individual interest. The online services will incorporate industryleading, easytouse core applications for content browsing, electronic mail, interactive chat, telnet and ftp.MCI, headquartered in Washington, DC, is one of the world's largest and fastestgrowing diversified communications companies. With annual revenue of more than $13 billion, MCI offers consumers and businesses a broad portfolio of services including long distance, wireless, local access, paging, Internet software and access, information services, business software, and advanced global telecommunications services.The News Corporation Limited is one of world's largest media companies, with diversified operations including the production and distribution of motion pictures and television programming, television broadcasting and the publication of newspapers, magazines, books and promotional freestanding in~erlc*Delphi Intemet Services Corp. is a leading provider of comprehensive Internet access for consumers. It has a newly operational 40,000 sq. ft. online Web publishing studio in lower Manhattan and a l 00,000 sq. ft. stateoftheart Internet Web hosting environment and customer support center in Lowell, MA MCI and News Corp. Launch New InternetBased Online Services A letter from Scott KurnitThanks for stopping by. Today we announced that MCI and News Corporation will launch new, Internetbased online services for consumers and businesses. The joint venture will include all of the current online, interactive operations of each of the companies. As CEO, I look forward to combining the gJreat teams at MCI and News Corp. into a unified force.This is a big day for the Internet. We are embarking on what I believe is the biggest commitment to the Net by any major companies and will be using the incredible Internet platform to deliver a wide variety of compelling services. Unlike other online providers, we are committed to an open environment and are excited about helping the Internet grow into the next ~reat medium.MCI businesses that will be part of the joint venture include MCI's Inforrnation Services/Entertainment Company, FYI Online, MCI's supersite on the Internet's World Wide Web, and MCI's premier electronic mail service MCI Mail. News Corp. businesses to be contributed include Delphi Internet as well as Kesmai Corp., a pioneer in multiplayer~ interactive, online games.I am very pleased that Anthea Disney will be joining the venture as editorinchief. She was most recently editorinchief of TV Guide. While continuing with MCI, Vint Cerf will also offer a big helping hand. Most of you know Vint as the "Father of the Internet" He rejoined MCI last year and has played a significant role in developing and bringing to market MCI's suite of Internetrelated products and
TO LAUNCH NEW INTERNET BASED ONLINE SERVICES
Kurnit, Disney Named to Top Posts
services.A few comments from the Chairmen of our parents:"MCI and News Corp. have each been committed to delivering information, entertainment and communications products and services that are integral to the way people live and work. These new online services will add multiple dimensions to how people can interact," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairrnan and chief executive officer. "With its wealth of offerings and its power to enable peop]e to establish personal communication links, this venture will bridge different communities of interest, create opportunities to build and grow relationships and enrich the daily experience of individuals from all walks of life.""We fully expect that these new online services will significantly advance what people expect from information and entertainment sources, and how they use them, " said Bert Roberts, MCI chairman and chief executive of ficer. "This venture will be a premier provider for meaningful access to the unbounded resources of the Internet while at the same time providing the individual and professional with unique, exciting and valuable programming unavailable anywhere else."What you can expect from usWe will provide a wide range of products and services, including a comprehensive guide to the Internet, an online news service for consumers and professionals, a wide variety of games, an engaging online space for children, and a host of specialized programming developed jointly with News Corp.companies like TV Guide, Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, fX, HarperCollins, and News Corp.'s worldwide news properties as well as a wealth of other nonaffiliated partners.Underlying all of these unique offerings will be powerful capabilities like chat, discussion groups, polling, and the ability to personalize the service.