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 …

A visit to Westfield’s Whip City Fiber

Three of us visited Whip City Fiber in Westfield last Wednesday. Rich Carnall, Whip City’s Senior IT Fiber Architect, gave us a tour of their facilities on Turnpike Industrial Road and answered our questions. Subscribers can get 1 gigabit per second fiber access for about $70/month. Westfield has been incrementally deploying its network across Westfield, …

Summary of April 5, 2018 meeting

A number of us met Thursday at Northampton Community TV to discuss what we’ve done so far and our next steps. Bill Stathis, Sales Manager for Crocker Communications and Brad Munroe of Fujitsu Network Communications stopped by to give us their experiences on working on community network initiatives. Fujitsu is a partner of Crocker Communications. …

Outreach continues

We are continuing an outreach within the local community. We have had recent conversations with Al Williams, who runs Northampton Community TV. Al supports are efforts. We also met with Suzanne Beck, Executive Director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. She is wiling to survey the chamber’s 1600+ members to see their interest in our …

New email list: Internet for Northampton

If you are interested in being part of an email list for our effort, we now have an Internet for Northampton mailing list on riseup.net. Subscribing: Click here Press the Subscribe button. Say OK to the Javascript popup. Enter your email address in the form and press submit You should get a confirmation email. Follow …

Join us online, Tuesday March 20 @ 7PM

Please join us on Google Hangouts at 7PM on Tuesday, March 20. We expect the meeting to last no more than one hour. Mostly we’ll get feedback from outreach efforts with Northampton Community TV and City Hall. Please use earphones if you have them as we had issues with echoing last time. Here’s the link …

First steps

A small group of us met last night in the studios of Northampton Community TV, our first in person meeting. An online meeting was attempted on February 20 using a Google Hangout. Unfortunately a terrible feedback issue made it impossible to continue. While few in numbers there was tremendous energy from attendees. We quickly talked …