Updated strategy

Our coalition met last night and talked about an updated strategy. In general, we feel we are on the right track. We have at least 460 signatures on our petition (311 electronic) — thanks so much to all who have signed! If you haven’t please sign electronically. The link is on our website. We’ve done …

Would 5G make a community network unnecessary?

Note: This post has been updated January 27, 2019 to correct some information. We’ve gotten some feedback that emerging 5G wireless technology would make a community network unnecessary. Is this true? Currently, Comcast/Xfinity has a virtual lock on high-speed Internet in Northampton. It offers Internet to the home over its cable network, as well as …

Comcast increases prices

It should not be a surprise that being a monopoly, Comcast can raise prices at will. Most rate increases for 2019 affect their Cable TV offerings. One Internet plan price has been raised. The Blast! package (up to 250 mbps) is now $94.95/month, up $2/month from $92.95/month. Their rate sheet is here. Price increases affect …

Time to check in with the mayor

The coalition met Monday night at Free Press in Florence discuss where to go from here. So far we’ve done two outreach events downtown, resulting in 100+ signatures on a petition. As of this morning, we have 424 signatures both on paper and from our online petition. Our question at the meeting was how many …

57 new petition signatures today!

It was a miserable day for a Hot Chocolate Run in Northampton today … steady rain and temperatures not far above freezing. That did not keep thousands of runners and walkers from participating in this event for Safe Passage anyhow. It didn’t deter our coalition either. We parked at the corner of Main Street and …

First outreach resulted in 88 paper signatures

We had our first outreach event this morning from 8 AM to 12 PM in downtown Northampton, next to the farmers market. We set up our awning at Gothic and Main Streets. Over four hours we collected 88 signatures for our petition to the Mayor and City Council! That’s 22 signatures an hour, which we …