[Davisgig] Fwd: Municipal Broadband Phone Survey Happening Now

Robert Nickerson rob at omsoft.com
Sat Nov 17 17:20:52 PST 2018


So I just sent this out to the davisgig-announce, and the dcn-announce 

Survey in final form.  If someone wants to post this to their 
neighborhood nextdoor.com or on facebook, that would be appreciated.

Ill get the East Davis one now. Maybe we can encourage people to post in 
the thread if they took the survey .


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Municipal Broadband Phone Survey Happening Now
Date: 	Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:10:19 -0800
From: 	help at dcn.org
Organization: 	DavisGIG Committee of DCN
To: 	Robert Nickerson <omrob at dcn.org>

Hello Davisites,

DavisGIG is pleased to report the City is conducting a phone survey 
about city owned fiber optic broadband that is now under way. We are 
also conducting a web version of the survey at www.davisgig.org/survey. 
Please see this letter below that is being sent to 20000 households and 
business in Davis, thanks to your support and donations.

Thanks for your time, and as we have said multiple times in the past. 
Brand new, publicly owned telecommunications infrastructure, is 
worthwhile, will last decades, and takes time to implement!

*Davis, CA*  has a Task Force evaluating municipal ownership of Fiber 
Optic Internet Infrastructure. This would mean our community would 
invest in the construction of publicly-owned "tubes" to the Internet. 
Fiber Optic is the single best, most reliable Internet carrier cable. It 
lasts decades, and the lasers used to send Internet packets down the 
thin glass tubes are easy, and  inexpensive to upgrade, and continuously 

As an important part of its process for evaluating community fiber for 
Davis, the City's Task Force wants to hear your opinion. The Broadband 
Advisory Task Force has commissioned a phone survey to help it assess 
interest in a municipal broadband network for Davis.

The survey begins 11/13 and lasts for a few weeks. In addition, DavisGIG 
has a short form survey at www.davisgig.org/survey. We strongly 
encourage you to prepare and respond to this phone survey as well as the 
web-based one. Please have your broadband bill and speeds at hand in 
order  to respond to the interviewer.

Make your City more resilient, see to its long term fiscal solvency, and 
reduce your monthly broadband bills with community fiber.

*Unleash the talent.*

Municipal broadband disrupts the market dominance of the 2 main 
carriers. A community-owned open fiber network would unleash Internet 
R&D activity in Davis as citizens and entrepreneurs use it for superior 
Internet access, reliability and performance. In addition to super-fast 
Internet access, a municipal broadband network will bring new opportunities

New businesses and entrepreneurs will be able to use this fiber network, 
managed and operated by a local non-profit, to develop the next wave of 
Internet Apps, Tools and Protocols.

Residents and businesses will be able to make high-speed, secure and 
private Internet connections between home and office, or school and 
home, home and home, or two branches of an office, through a web based 
software tool.

Community Ownership and management means smart network growth planning, 
and an economic development toolbox, delivering highly available roaring 
fast network capacity and infrastructure for community members, 
entrepreneurs and businesses. Davis Community Network (DCN), a long time 
local non profit, is ready to play a key role in managing these 
infrastructure assets to benefit  the community

*Secure the Future.*

In addition to a huge economic development driver and tool for 
entrepreneurs, a community network could be open to multiple competitors 
ending the lock big Telecoms have. More competition will generate lower 

Telecom  companies are charging monopoly prices  because they control 
the delivery of Internet access to your property. Our town can disrupt 
the current Internet access market in Davis with its own community-owned 
delivery system, leased to multiple ISP companies, creating  
competition. Walk away from the no-win situation and its ever-increasing 
pricing, which regularly sees Internet bundle bills of $150 and UP for a 
typical family.

More important, though, is the fact that community ownership means that 
a new source of monthly recurring revenue will come to the City in the 
form of lease fees paid by providers to use its municipally-owned fiber 

This means that community-owned fiber is an opportunity for all our 
citizens to REDIRECT their monthly telecommunications budget away from 
Telecom  Giants, and directly back into Davis.

*Every kid and senior on the Network.*

A community network can make sure that all homes in Davis, regardless of 
income level or opportunities, have equal access to the single most 
important infrastructure of the 21st century. Through this network we 
can ensure that all the students enrolled in our schools have access to 
the best Internet Access available anywhere. World Class Internet 
Facilities for every home and business parcel will address the digital 
divide and provide education opportunities for students and Telehealth 
options for seniors.

*Build the Smarter City.*

Having a community-owned network means having the necessary asset to 
build a smart city. Ubiquitous Fiber Optic infrastructure is the single 
most important asset to have in place for the development of Smart City 
strategies which are needed NOW to cope with climate change, population, 
and quality of life issues.


A phone survey will be conducted starting 11/13/18  and continuing for a 
few weeks. Please make sure you are prepared with your broadband bill, 
any comments, and your service speeds. Please provide the time to take 
the phone survey and respond to all of its questions. So that you don't 
hang up right away, the interviewer will lead with "The City of Davis is 
asking citizens to participate in this survey that looks at high speed 
Internet in the City."

This flier was produced by Davis GIG and Davis Community Network, and 
paid for by donations to www.davisgig.org by Citizens of Davis over the 
past 3 years.

Davis Community Network, www.dcn.org, is a 501c3 non profit which was 
started in 1993 to bring Dial Up Internet Access to City of Davis.  It 
has supported a wide variety of community organizations since then with 
free Internet resources, and for the last 2 years has been focused on 
municipal broadband. We encourage anyone interested in joining the 
organization to contact us by email at help at dcn.org

DavisGIG, www.davisgig.org, was started as a citizen group in 2015 to 
advocate for better Internet Access for Davis in the form of a 
city-owned, community-operated Fiber Optic Network that would be leased 
to ISPs on an open access basis. Since then it has seen success with 
improved options for broadband from the Telco Giants, but continues to 
advocate for the community to ensure its digital future by owning and 
operating its own internet infrastructure.

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