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New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it's safer, city official says

So what about our pedestrian friends? All of the pedestrian crosswalks are prior to the current vehicle yield signs. Typically with a stop sign one would, well, stop, look for vehicles and pedestrians and proceed when clear. When are vehicles supposed to yield to pedestrians in the Wakarusa roundabout? Before the yield signs at the crosswalks? Most folks brake at the yield signs which is too late.

January 28, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence resident named president of AT&T Kansas

Hopefully he can bring AT&T GigaPower to Lawrence.

https://www.att.com/shop/u-verse/giga...

The current 18 Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload U-Verse max speed in my area is meh and makes me not a customer.

September 18, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence wants more questions answered on $1M loan guarantee for Internet project

Can the City partner with KU and join the Gig.U project?

The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, or Gig.U, is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America’s rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Improvements to these networks drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education.

Gig.U members understand that next-gen networks lead to next-gen opportunities.

Through an RFI process, the Project will work with current and potential network service providers, as well as others, to create a critical mass of next generation test beds by accelerating the offering of ultra high-speed network services to their communities.  While economic hurdles impede upgrading networks in all communities, those hurdles are smaller in university communities as they enjoy characteristics that both lower the cost of deployment and increase demand, making them the most attractive targets for initial next generation network deployments.

http://www.gig-u.org

September 10, 2014 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider $1 million loan guarantee for downtown, East Lawrence broadband project

Thanks.

I should have wrote Lawrence is underserved for BROADBAND ACCESS to be more clear.

Today, there is no provider that can come anywhere close to 1Gbit broadband Internet service throughout the entire city. Lawrence is underserved.

And in the future, when those communities with fiber to the home, move to 10, 40 or even 100 Gbit we will be even more underserved.

September 8, 2014 at 8:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider $1 million loan guarantee for downtown, East Lawrence broadband project

Lawrence is underserved.

Both our monopoly cable provider and our monopoly phone provider do not have us anywhere near the top of the list for improved service. And certainly upgrades will occur first in those areas with more competition from Google fiber. We need to take control as a community to not be left further behind.

I love Lawrence and most of the forward thinking and planning occurring to improve our roads, schools and police department. We need the same forward thinking with FTTH or Fiber To The Home. ( Ref: http://www.ftthcouncil.org/ )

Broadband access is important. Enabling high speed access connects us to the future and the rest of the world. Installing fiber to the home...FTTH...is recognized by many as the only viable method to connect at higher 1000 Mbit (1 Gbit), 10,000 Mbit ( 10 Gbit) and even 100,000 Mbit (100 Gbit) speeds and beyond. Fiber is the digital highway of the future.

Personally, I do not see why private investors would need a government $1M backstop loan guarantee to then loan $30M later. If so let's see it in writing. Why would the private investors require this? This part of the Wicked Plan has and continues to make no logical sense.

Prepared remarks of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler “The Facts and Future of Broadband Competition” - Sep 4, 2014
http://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-...

"Competition, Competition, Competition.

As we have seen today, there is an inverse relationship between competition and the kind of broadband performance that consumers are increasingly demanding. This is not tolerable.

...

This is the country that invented the Internet! The future starts here in the United States of America."

I would like to see the council be proactive. I would like to see them support and fund a true FTTH Fiber To The Home initiative for the entire city with a public bid process used to select private companies to build it and if needed run it. Maybe multiple companies to get it done fast. No backroom crony deals. Real competitive bidding. The fiber network needs to be open to anyone who wants to pay for access fairly. It would be funded and backed by the government but would be designed with fees sufficient to pay back the investment.

Then if Wicked, RG Fiber, Google, AT&T, WOW, KU, ..., want to use the fiber, great. The city owns the fiber just like water and sewer.

Everyone pays the same for access to the fiber. It is a broadband utility driving competition on a new fiber information highway. It could and should pay for itself.

September 8, 2014 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wicked Broadband launches super-fast Internet portals ahead of city vote; AT&T brings security service to Lawrence

Creating a fiber infrastructure is much more important than just more speed for SUV research. It creates the fiber "roads" that can be used for 10 gigabit, 100 gigabit and even terabit (1000 gigabit) speeds and beyond in the future. Locking this down to a single provider as has been done with our cable system seems a poor choice.

These two articles discuss it better than I can.

Hate Your ISP? Maybe You Need Community Fiber
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/07...

How Chattanooga beat Google Fiber by half a decade
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/t...

Today there are nearly 3 billion people on the Internet. Estimates are by 2020-25 the entire 8 billion of us will be one way or another.

When jets replaced trains our area became known as flyover country. Do we really want the same with the Internet? I don't. Google fiber in the KC area is just a beginning.

We need to figure this out and get going already.

August 25, 2014 at 5:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Broadband leap

Does anyone know why WOW! is the only cable provider in town?

All Cox customers will be Gigabit by the end of 2016.

http://www.omaha.com/money/omaha-was-...

"As for the new high-speed residential service, Esser said the price will “be competitive” with similar offerings. Cox rival CenturyLink last year began offering 1-gig residential service in Omaha for about $80 a month when bundled with other services.

Esser also said people will know within about a month what neighborhoods will be first to get it. The hardware is already in the ground, for the most part, he said, after the company has spent billions on capital improvements. Cox aims to have the service everywhere by the end of 2016"

June 2, 2014 at 9:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Google Fiber is coming to nine more cities; but Lawrence is not on the list

From the Google site https://fiber.google.com/newcities/ discussing the new cities under consideration:

We’re going to work side-by-side with city leaders on a two-part joint planning process to evaluate whether we can bring Google Fiber to a community:

-> Complete a fiber-ready checklist

We’ll provide a checklist of things for these cities to complete to help make their area ready for fiber. We’re asking cities to provide us with information that can speed up planning and construction (e.g. maps of poles, conduit, existing water, gas, and electricity lines). We also ask that they streamline processes (e.g. permitting procedures and access to local infrastructure) to make it easier for a construction process of this scale to move quickly.

-> Begin a detailed city study

At the same time, Google Fiber will begin scoping the costs and timelines for building a new fiber-optic network. Google will conduct a detailed study of factors that affect construction plans, such as topography (e.g. hills, flood zones), housing density, and the condition of local infrastructure.

After we complete these steps, we hope to announce the next round of cities who’ll be getting Google Fiber by the end of 2014. While we’d love to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone. Cities who have worked with us through this process, however, will have taken a big step forward in making their community ready for construction by any provider.

From the Google Fiber Blog:

How communities can facilitate fiber construction
http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/2...

GIGABIT COMMUNITIES: Technical Strategies for Facilitating Public or Private Broadband Construction in Your Community

http://www.ctcnet.us/wp-content/uploa...

February 20, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence physician starts salsa company; update on future traffic changes at Sixth and SLT

I'm no expert in the area but a Double crossover merging interchange seems even more nifty. Some into at http://www.dcmiinterchange.com/

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/...

February 6, 2014 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )