508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike and Brendan talk about crosswalks, internet silliness, and municipal broadband.
Municipal Broadband Thoughts from Brendan
There is a plan for Comcast to move into Central MA if their mergers receive FCC approval. You may not be aware of just how abhorrent a company Comcast is, and how bad their takeover of MA (Worcester Co being the only area they don’t have a monopoly on) would be. With that, I compiled a quick list a reading material that might helpful in seeing why this proposal may have negative, unintended consequences for the city:
- They’re literally the worst company in America, according to Americans
- They actively lobby to keep municipalities from providing competing services to keep rates artificially high
- They openly guarantee price increases for stagnant services
- As the country’s largest provider of internet service, they own responsibility for the US placing behind Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay in internet speeds
- They’re actively engaged in a campaign to destroy the philosophy behind Net Neutrality
- The lobbying effort assembled by Comcast to approve their merger with TWC is not only one of the largest is history, it runs so deep it threatens to undermine the very regulatory process overseeing the merger
This merger offers the City the opportunity to at least explore the feasibility of a municipal fiber project, something a fair number of medium sized cities have undertaken successfully as a component of a larger EcDev strategy. If we’re serious about expanded development in life sciences, higher ed and retention of the entrepreneurial spirit that accompanies both; and equally serious about making Worcester as attractive as possible to residents shopping for an affordable place to live and work, we really need to be thinking forward as a city. In just a few short years, not having access to a gigabit fiber network in a city is going to be akin to not having electrical service. Comcast has made it clear they do not intend to invest in the infrastructure necessary to provide such services, and once they’re here their size as a corporation will make it all but impossible to attract competition that would. And at a higher cost to the consumer.
Worcester Emergency Management: “Height pointy shape & isolation are the dominant factors controlling where lightning will strike The presence of metal makes no difference”
I am told there's a guy standing by a Worcester Police Dept. crosswalk sting (Chandler & Wellington) holding a sign: IT'S A CROSSWALK TRAP.
— delnieve (@delnieve) July 29, 2014
Worcester City Council Agenda, March 18, 2014:
7m. Matthew Kracher request to stop the police crosswalk stings in Lancaster Street where it intersects with Dix Street. Petitioner heard – Referred to City Manager [PDF with more]
ME UNDERSTAND GARY ROSEN WANT WORCESTER TO HOST THE 2024 OLYMPICS?? NEED NEW LOCAL GAMES!!!!!!!! #WORCOLYMPICS
— SEKUL ANITNATNSOK (@BIZARROLUKES) August 2, 2014