dgreenbaum (Dave Greenbaum)

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WOW announces companywide layoffs

Again, support the common carrier proposal in front of city commission right now. One of the great options it allows is computer support companies to resell Internet service. Three companies have already signed letters of intent (mine included). If you have a problem, whether it's the computer or the Internet, it's our job to fix it. One call. No finger pointing. You get your problem resolved. Let them know you support the common carrier option, the only option that let's any support provider resell Internet.

December 3, 2014 at 6:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

WOW announces companywide layoffs

You should contact City Commission and let them know you support "common carriage" requirements for the new fiber network. That allows you to pick and choose your Internet Service Provider rather than being tied to just one. It not just speed, but it's customer service and other options.

December 3, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City struggles to interpret Wicked Broadband's finances as it considers $300k loan guarantee

You might check this link in which I forced Chad to correct his story: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/aug...

November 10, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City struggles to interpret Wicked Broadband's finances as it considers $300k loan guarantee

National press has covered the success of Wicked Broadband. The lack of fairness is in the lede. They disclosed it themselves until they sold Sunflower to Knology: "Editor’s note: The Lawrence Journal-World is owned by The World Company, which also owns Sunflower Broadband. Sunflower Broadband and Lawrence Freenet are competitors in the Lawrence Internet service provider market."

November 10, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City struggles to interpret Wicked Broadband's finances as it considers $300k loan guarantee

Can you cite a specific example or are you merely reporting what you've read in the newspaper. As a reminder, the newspaper once owned a competitor to Wicked and WOW is a daily advertiser in the paper. Please give me an ORIGINAL source to your complaint-not what you've read.

November 10, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City struggles to interpret Wicked Broadband's finances as it considers $300k loan guarantee

A bank looks more at the potential for the future rather than just current financial status. The weird thing about loans is they tend to go to people that need money. If you had the money, you wouldn't need the loan.

I think the focus should be on the potential for growth, not the past of the current status. It's not "do you have the money to pay us back" but "will you have the money when the loan comes due"

November 10, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City struggles to interpret Wicked Broadband's finances as it considers $300k loan guarantee

The first two paragraphs are unethical and misleading.

--"When a small business owner goes into a bank for a loan, some of the first words out of the banker’s mouth are "show me the books.""

No, they want to see the business plan and the ability to repay the loan. A starting business doesn't have books. The entire entrepreneurial system would collapse if money was lent to only established business with the books. If we want to set a precedent to look at the books of every business requesting a bid, loan, co-sign, or tax break...I'm all for that. I'd like to see the books for city commissioners! I think a D&B rating is a far guide, but by all means, show me the money. I wonder if Rock Chalk park would have gone differently if the books of contractors were public record.

--"But as the city of Lawrence considers lending money to a small business, city officials are struggling with how to pry into the financial records of a private company."

NO! NO ! NO! Fortunately Chad corrects himself later, but that's not the point. He's already set the tone.. The city isn't loaning a dime to the Wicked. They are providing a guarantee on the loan. It's the bank's job to review the books. Wicked won't see the money if they default on the loan, the bank does. The city isn't qualified to determine the credit worthiness of a business. Fortunately they don't need to here.

The question the city needs to ask to co-sign the loan is "If Wicked defaults, do they have 300K in assets". That's obvious. The fact that RG (weren't they called Dawn just a few months ago?) is interested in expanding their network means that probably someone would buy the network from the city.

Again, no loan is involved. A loan guarantee is something completely different. I encourage you to change the lede to reflect the rest of the article. You might want to revisit the SPJ Code of Ethics.

November 10, 2014 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Johnson County green-lights gay marriage in Kansas; Douglas County to continue denying applicants

Judge Fairchild is up for a retention vote this November. I wonder if that plays a part in his decision.

October 9, 2014 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence again delays decision on incentives request for Wicked Broadband

That's what Wicked is doing and why it's a common-carrier network.

October 8, 2014 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence again delays decision on incentives request for Wicked Broadband

RG Fiber has no experience as a ISP. Let them try it in Baldwin first.

October 8, 2014 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )