[Cialug] wireless communities in Iowa?

Tom Poe tompoe at fngi.net
Sat Oct 13 08:27:58 CDT 2007

Todd Walton wrote:
> On 10/12/07, Tom Poe <tompoe at fngi.net> wrote:
>> The mayor and Qwest (apprarently) have decided that our kids
>> will get second-rate education, period.
> First, talk realistically.  They're not committed to a second-rate
> education for Charles City's offspring.  They're committed to a
> financial bottom line, like you said earlier.  You can use this to
> your advantage: "Dear Mr or Mrs Mayor, I know that you support giving
> a first class education to our children just as much as I do, which is
> why I'm sure you'll agree that what I'm doing is okay with you..." and
> so on.
> Next, Use an Internet Service Provider other than Qwest (doesn't Iowa
> Telecom serve Charles City?) and set up your Merakis anyway.  If you
> get sued or prosecuted, I'll contribute to your defense.
> signed, -todd, tdwalton at gmail.com, on this day October 13 2007.
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Todd:  I'd like to agree with you, that noone, especially our city 
leaders in Charles City, wants a second-rate education for our 
children.  So, I reread the letter from the city mayor's office stating 
the city's position on citizen initiatives for a "last mile solution" 
for our kids.  Unfortunately, that is their position.  I also reviewed 
email exchanges with the city leaders and Joseph Cassis, deputy director 
of the ICN.  Unfortunately, noone demonstrates an interest in exploring 
options for an affordable "last mile solution" for our kids, let alone 
affordable options that might be applied across all of Iowa's rural 

I want to personally thank you for your offer to contribute to a legal 
defense fund, in the event the encumbents sue.  I contacted a lawyer 
several months ago, and received confirmation that he'll handle the fund 
when such action becomes appropriate.  We agreed that any legal action 
should not have to occur, if we continue to act reasonably and slowly. 

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