June 7th meeting report

We were glad to welcome three new attendees at our meeting yesterday. Together we tackled draft residential and business surveys on a Northampton Community Network for release by the City. The surveys we are using are based on surveys conducted by the City of Loveland, Colorado. Using groupthink, we completed this task with a little …

Survey development underway and meeting reminder

A reminder that there will be a meeting of the Northampton High-speed Community Network Coalition from 7-9 PM this Thursday at NCTV, which is behind Northampton High School. Do not enter through the main entrance, but come to the back of the school. There is limited parking in front of NCTV, but much more in …

70% of Americans support community networks

During our research for Mayor Narkewicz, we found this interesting Pew survey from 2017. A substantial majority of the public (70%) believes local governments should be able to build their own broadband networks if existing services in the area are either too expensive or not good enough, according to the survey, conducted March 13-27. Just …

Meeting with Mayor Narkewicz

We had a good meeting Monday with Mayor David Narkewicz and Antonio Pagan, the city’s Chief Information Officer, on our proposed community network for Northampton. The mayor is definitely not opposed to the initiative and sees a lot of potential value in such a network. He is also aware that such a network would be …

A good Chamber of Commerce meeting today

This morning we met with the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee to discuss a community network for Northampton. Curiously two members of the City Council are on it (Dennis Bidwell, Ward 2 and James Nash, Ward 3) giving us the unexpected opportunity to pitch our initiative to at least part of the …

The big lie

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (sponsors of muninetworks.org) have a lot of very good videos. This 2:30 one is definitely worth your time and succinctly shows why private sector solutions to Internet access are self-serving and not the best solution for most cities and towns.

Coalition meeting update

Thursday we met at Northampton Community TV. Some of of the stuff we discussed: Upcoming meeting with Mayor Narkewicz. Yes, it is possible to see the mayor but it takes about six weeks in our case. We’ve got a meeting scheduled with him on May 20. We discussed how to use our time effectively since …

A chat with the city manager of Sanford, Maine

Yesterday three of us had a conference call with Steven Buck, the city manager for Sanford, Maine. We wanted to learn more about their emerging community network and the issues they have experienced. Sanford is a city in Maine with about 20,000 people and sits about 30 miles southwest of Portland, Maine. Sanford is building …