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What these continuing failures continues to illustrate is that we are vulnerable because a great percentage of our internet service rides on 1 fiber pathway that is in the middle of a construction zone right now. And I have news for you... if you look at the mileage that fiber travels... portions of it will ALWAYS be in a construction zone.
We do need to recognize that the only new utility of the 21st century has quickly become the most important in many respects. In fact, increasingly its true that delivering traditional utlility services like water, electric, and sewer now requires reliable broadband to work properly, and yet in our neck of the woods this basic infrastructure is incredibly vulnerable.
I am supporting the measure you will see this November from many authorities to exempt us from the restrictive legislation known as Senate Bill 152. This effort does not solve these problems in and of itself, but what it does do is open up more possibilities for our region to grow its broadband capacity and takes back the rights these authirities had 10 years ago to participate in the development and commerce of broadband infrastructure. I hope you'll all join me in supporting this. It does not raise taxes!
By the way, if you are looking for a way to express your dissatisfaction with the level of service we are afforded by CenturyLink in our region, if you are tired of wondering whether you call to 911 will make it to an operator in Routt County, and if you would like your vote to send a clear message this November... vote YES to every Senate Bill 05-152 measure you see on your ballot this November! CenturyLink opposes the exemption... big surprise since the original legislation primarily benefits them at the expense of our local governments and citizens.
I wish that there was 1 simple solution to this problem, 1 magic ballot measure, but there is not. As far as the voice side of the equation is concerned, VoIP has shifted the paradigm by requiring that switching of calls happen in the cloud in a great number of circumstances, not through a local central office. Your area code and local exchange mean little in terms of the geographic route that the voice path actually traverses.
Most larger consumers of voice now use IP based services that route their voice traffic over IP and calls hit the PSTN (publically switched telephone network) somewhere else like Denver, Dallas, LA, or Anywhere. And now that you can get voice service from your cable internet provider, ISP, or through a 3rd party "over the top" hosted offering using the internet, voice travels a very complex course to get from 1 location in Steamboat to another. If you think it is silly that the USPS sometimes sends local mail to Denver and then back up here for delivery, then think about calling your neighbor and having that call path connect through 6 different states and 12 routers on its way next door. That is the reality communications in our IP age.
This is a great idea! Steamboat absolutely needs more childcare options and this is a really interesting approach. I hope you have great success, Charlotte!
As far as Ed Trousil is concerned, I believe that Mr. Trousil still has an enormous opportunity at hand. There is no reason why the public benefit and value that GoCo once saw in this deal cannot still be achieved. Some of the players have changed at the City, and the trails are still there.
I'm just saying that great things can happen if you can just find out where you have common ground. Clearly the spirit of the original agreement reflected quite a bit more common ground than has been achieved to date. Maybe there is room for improvement...
I did post the comment in response to George's post. George and I butt heads on a lot of issues, but I respect his right to speak his mind, and on this particular issue we find a lot of common ground.
That said, it does segue to a more important issue, and that is the tone of the blogosphere in Steamboat. I would not presume to speak for anybody but myself, but if you ask me Lisa Schlichtman is in a difficult position. How do you promote a forum that encourages positive exchange of ideas while also allowing such focused personal attacks by its members? There are times that I look at the blogs and just see a screaming match out there. Who wants to contribute to that? Who wants to see all of that negativity then directed towards them?
If you ask me we could all do better to encourage less personal attacks in these spaces, and instead focus on ideas and opinions. I'm not saying remove the passion, just keep a better focus on respecting the other bloggers out there, and don't browbeat those you disagree with out of the conversation altogether. If it should be a space for a conversation, let it be that and maybe think about how the conversation would go over a cup of coffee instead of yelling at your keyboard.
My 2 Cents:)
So I still have to wonder...
What exactly did these public funds purchase? Ed... do you have any further comment?
Our city and county have no intention of popping up as Internet Service Providers. Nothing can prove that more than the fact that the local ISPs support the override too. CenturyLink and Comcast do not support the override, but they have lost so many 152 override elections throughout the state already that they are not willing to spend more capital on an effort that seems to have overwhelming support in the communities where it has already been voted on. This is not a government takeover of internet, in fact nothing could be further than the truth. It is about taking back rights that SB152 took away specifically to benefit huge corporations operating in our state like CenturyLink and Comcast.
I agree with you on that point Scott. This is a very widespread outage and affected basic services for our government offices, law enforcement agencies, and health care providers. For CenturyLink to marginalize this and say that it was "toll-isolated" outage is nonsense because most of the highest volume voice customers in town have lines delivered by circuits like T1 or bigger, where the calls actually hit the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) somewhere besides Steamboat. As far as I could tell, all circuit accounts provided by CenturyLink were down, and land lines were also affected everywhere I have customers.
When a bunch of us geeks come and ask you this fall to pass an override of SB152 I hope that you have the events of today in mind. It should be noted that the internet service for the businesses that participate in the NCB Group (Northwest Colorado Broadband includes the City, the County, and YVEA) may have been bumpy today, but worked due to the redundancy that they have built into their bandwidth solution. Their phones, however, are pretty much completely down... going on 9 hours...
This issue has more to do with expanding options than anything. I do not speak for either the City or the County, but trust me when I tell you that neither the City of Steamboat Springs nor Routt County are interested in becoming Internet Service Providers, certainly not today or anytime soon. But SB152 prevents City and County government from participating in the business of bandwidth altogether. SB152 does not protect the interests of businesses or residents of Colorado, but it very distinctly protects the interests of large bandwidth providers like CenturyLink and Comcast. If you honestly believe that SB152 has encouraged providers like Comcast and CenturyLink to invest in communities like Steamboat, I would say that you are sadly deceived.
Please note that this is no indictment of the local people at CenturyLink, Comcast, or any of the other providers in town. The techs and engineers who keep it all rolling in this valley at are all professionals who are great at their jobs and care about doing a good job every day. We're talking about the bigger numbers game where companies like Comcast and CenturyLink are asked to answer to sharehholders who are focused on ROI. I hate to break it to you, but Steamboat is a really small slice of the pie and building out capacity in Steamboat vs. other locations is difficult to prioritize for these big numbers driven telcos. I've personally seen how much of a priority Steamboat has been for these companies for the last 15 years working in IT in Steamboat. Frankly, it is companies like SpringSips, NC Telecom, Resort Broadband, and Zirkel Wireless, and now Mammoth that have really paved the way for the broadband expansions that the big telcos have acquiesced to in our community! And now, the combined group that makes up the NCB including the City, County, School District, and YVEA has made a splash that will help and encourage the private market to improve its products for our region.
The SB152 override will allow more bandwidth to come to Steamboat. It would also allow NCB, whose members include the City and the County, the ability to re-sell excess bandwidth to local providers including Comcast, CenturyLink, and Zirkel Wireless or other large consumers like YVEA or YVMC. The bottom line is that the SB152 override will allow a more open market because it lifts restrictions that prevent governments from engaging in the business of bandwidth. If you take a moment to examine the money that supports the existence of this bill, I think you will easily find that it paints a pretty clear picture that SB152 is designed to protect the business interests of a few privately held businesses like Comcast and CenturyLink.
I think that this article from the Denver Post does a good job of explaining why every community is Colorado stands to benefit from overriding the SB152 restrictions: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_26474973/yes-eliminate-barriers-local-decisions
Amen! Of course if it goes to the High School, the kids may still call it the "Road to Nowhere."
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