[Davisgig] Fwd: Municipal Broadband Phone Survey Happening Now

Robert Nickerson rob at omsoft.com
Mon Nov 19 12:55:45 PST 2018


I posted to the NextDoor Birch Lane and surrounding. Can anyone get 
South, North, or West Davis?

Take Care


On 11/17/2018 10:47 PM, Jim Frame wrote:
> I posted it to the NextDoor East Central list.
> On 11/17/2018 5:20 PM, Robert Nickerson wrote:
>> Hi
>> So I just sent this out to the davisgig-announce, and the 
>> dcn-announce list.
>> 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 .
>> Thanks
>> RAN
>> -------- 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 improved.
>> 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 prices.
>> 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 network.
>> 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.
>> _______________________________________________
>> Please ref our wiki for details, documents and contacts:
>> http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~help/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=start
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Robert Nickerson
UCD Class of 1996
CEO, Om Networks

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