[Cialug] wireless communities in Iowa?

Tom Poe tompoe at fngi.net
Fri Oct 12 15:03:53 CDT 2007

Dave J. Hala Jr. wrote:
> Uhhh... how is that Qwest can say that? Is qwest saying no open access
> points hooked up to their DSL?
> On Fri, 2007-10-12 at 14:16 -0500, Tom Poe wrote:
>> Well, I've pretty much made up my mind.  It's time to move on.  Had a 
>> city official tell me in writing, they will not support community 
>> wireless initiatives, unless there are franchise fees involved.  I was 
>> also told by a city official that Qwest will not permit Meraki units to 
>> be used for shared Internet access from one house to another in Charles 
>> City.  That means our mayor has committed to providing a second-rate 
>> education to our kids while on his watch, because he objects to 
>> affordable "last mile solutions" for our kids.
>> So, anyone know a community that has "unwired" in Iowa?
>> Tom Poe, Charles City, Iowa
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Technically, the issue was a "last mile solution" for our kids.  Using 
Meraki units in each home, it becomes a simple $50 per house (one time 
fee) and a shared monthly Internet access payment of approximately $3 
per house per month.  This enables every kid to access the ICN school 
network and get a 21st century education.  The mayor and Qwest 
(apprarently) have decided that our kids will get second-rate education, 
period.  No community inititatives to provide affordable "last mile 
solution" allowed, especially if it undermines the bottom line.

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