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Wicked Broadband pulls request for $300,000 loan guarantee

Let the citizens decide what, Jennifer? Wicked changes what they are asking for as the wind changes and no one else is really formally asking for anything. If you are asking about a vote for a community owned solution, I think it would be great for Lawrence and a vote would be in order. But we really would need lots of work in organizing and structuring a plan just to get to the stage where a vote makes sense. If the city council doesn't want to go down that road, I'd like to see the city formally express interest in Google expanding Fiber service to Lawrence. I suppose there could be a vote on that, but I would hope they could just agree to do that without voter approval.

January 28, 2015 at 2:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

I like it. I thought it was going to be confusing, but the way it's layed-out makes it pretty easy to understand. It did not take long to get the hang of it. It seems to improve traffic flow as well.

January 28, 2015 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wicked Broadband pulls request for $300,000 loan guarantee

Wicked shows their hand... Some SHORT TERM tax/fee breaks and a little leeway on splicing into city fiber sounds OK on the surface, but the city needs to maintain control of it's infrastructure. We must be wary of any "common carrier" requirement that might give Wicked control of the access to fiber and/or gives them any administrative role in high speed broadband offerings from competition. No agreement with Wicked should include a common carrier requirement unless the city maintains all administrative control, owns all shared equipment and does not rely on Wicked (or companies tied to Wicked) for support or maintenance of the infrastructure. I'm OK with giving Wicked a shot at rolling out fast internet, just not selling out the city in the process.

January 28, 2015 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas geologist says fracking not the cause of earthquakes

"Kansas geologist says fracking not the cause of earthquakes". Really LJW? For a headline? Really? The geologist is pushing the boundaries of hair splitting here. But I'm not going to focus on the geologist, because he, I suspect, is a paid mouthpiece for the fracking industry. I want to call out the LJW for publishing such a misleading headline. Journalism requires some level of scrutiny and skepticism of the part of the publisher. You can't just report both sides of an issue. If a claim is ridiculous or grossly misleading, you have a responsibility to ensure the distortion is not presented as the primary message.

January 27, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned about e-mail from Wicked Broadband; WOW introduces faster Internet service; update on cable TV changes in Lawrence

Again, I don't really think the $300K is the end game here. Wicked may be more concerned about the "common carrier" requirement. Wicked wants to control all infrastructure involved in delivering high speed internet and they want the city to enforce this for them. Wicked may "compromise" and ask only for "common carrier" rules and no loan backing. That would be a bad, bad, bad plan. If the city wants a common carrier model, then the city must retain all control of the access, administration and pricing of the model. That means Wicked should not have any control of schedule, price, maintenance or administration. And the city should not have any political, financial or contractual reason to favor Wicked in administration of the common carrier infrastructure. If the city commission is unwilling to take on administration of a common carrier model, at least don't sell Lawrence down the river by giving Wicked complete control.

January 24, 2015 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned about e-mail from Wicked Broadband; WOW introduces faster Internet service; update on cable TV changes in Lawrence

I would very much like to see a model like the Cedar Falls model as well. Not sure how Brownie and the jackal house in Topeka would react. Some states are trying to make community run ISP's illegal.

January 23, 2015 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned about e-mail from Wicked Broadband; WOW introduces faster Internet service; update on cable TV changes in Lawrence

The $300K is the big issue getting most of the press, and I don't think it's a good idea to back Wicked on the loan, but the bigger issue, to me, (and I think maybe the really important issue to Wicked) is the "common carrier" requirement. Wicked wants the city to agree to force anyone else offering high speed net service to use Wicked infrastructure and pay for the privilege. Wicked is asking for complete control of fiber connectivity in Lawrence. I think that's the real end game here. I really think the $300K may be a distraction. If the city wants a common carrier model, then the city must retain all control of the access, administration and pricing of the model. That means Wicked should not have any control of schedule, price, maintenance or administration. And the city should not have any political, financial or contractual reason to favor Wicked in administration of the common carrier infrastructure. The whole Wicked approach is to ensure no competition will ever be treated fairly.

January 23, 2015 at 10:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback defends education funding

We really should just ignore this announcement because it just nonsense. Brownie is not proposing something that is consistent with the court ruling. He may be trying to open the discussion about changing the formula, but until he comes to the table with a plan that he can at least argue is consistent with the court ruling on school funding, there is not much point in listening. It's just noise.

January 22, 2015 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Not just semantics

I'm going to call shenanigans on this one, Mr. Dubois. The salt water injection is part of the "fracking process". So, the earthquakes are likely caused by part of the fracking process, so the headline is completely accurate. If the disposal process for the saltwater is changed, that's a change to the fracking process. I do have a compromise suggestion for the headline: "The Fracking Quakes were caused by Fracking Saltwater Injection, All sorts of other Fracking Problems may surface soon".

January 21, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback calls to repeal school finance formula in State of the State address

This approach is win, win for Brownie. Even if he does not eventually get to cut funding by replacing judges with cronies, he still gets to encumber the school districts with messy bureaucratic processes that will turn quickly into political circus. His long term aim is to make the public schools so bad that the public and the courts will allow most of the money now going to public schools to cover vouchers or other private alternatives. The message he is sending here is that he is an obstructionist at his core. If he does not get exactly what he wants, he will find a way to see that no one is happy.

January 16, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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