Summer has come and almost gone, but broadband is not forgotten! Our next step is to get a neighborhood meeting together with representatives from 123Net (www.123.net). They are the fixed wireless provider that could possibly give cable like internet speeds.
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123Net met internally about a week ago to discuss expansion of their residential network and our area was “on the short list to get approved”. They have some work to do first before we can get “approved”, though.
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Hello everyone,

Charter has surveyed the area of Scully, Walsh, Valentine, Stoneview, Black Pine, Gleason and Timberlane roads. They have not yet looked at the areas on Territorial, Blue Heron, Donovan or other non-adjacent roads. I would guess that brining service to other neighborhoods in the area would average out to about the same costs if we were to proceed all at once.
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I’ve made some headway with a local fixed wireless internet provider, 123Net (http://www.123.net). This is not the same type of wireless service as cellular wireless (Verizon/AT&T/Sprint) or satellite. Read More »

I made it to Grand Traverse Pie Company last Friday to remind State Representative Mark Ouimet about our effort to bring in broadband to the neighborhood. Read More »

The rural internet user may ask, “why do I want cable or DSL service over satellite or 3G wireless?” The short answer is, compared to service like cable broadband, satellite and wireless are ten times slower, have a data cap 10 times lower and cost twice as much. Read More »

Broadband 101 is meant to be a “gentle introduction to broadband” for the non-technical reader. In this third chapter, I’ll talk about the sometimes severe usage limits that are placed on broadband users by service providers.

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Broadband 101 is meant to be a “gentle introduction to broadband” for the non-technical reader. In this second part, I’ll explain the difference between upload and download speeds as well as between advertised and actual speeds.

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Broadband 101 is meant to be a “gentle introduction to broadband” for the non-technical reader. In this first part, I’ll try to explain what “broadband” means and how to differentiate between broadband and non-broadband access.

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This saturday a handful of neighbors attended Tim Walberg’s coffee hour in Whitmore Lake.  All in all it was time well spent and turned out to be a triple play with State Representative Mark Ouimet and County Commissioner Dan Smith attending as well. Read More »