joshua_montgomery (Joshua Montgomery)


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A prominent goodbye sign from defunct Payless Furniture that labels Lawrence 'Obamaville' and much more

Looks like Fox News has lost another Lawrence viewer......

May 11, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Potential deal to bring gigabit Internet service to Eudora may delay plans for Lawrence; city committee rejects plan to demolish East Lawrence Quonset hut

RG Fiber? A company with no infrastructure, no operating history and no experience? A CEO noted for multiple business failings? A company that folded its original entity "Dawn Fiber, Llc" just last year?

Sounds like a good choice. Best of luck Eudora - you're going to need it.

In case you are wondering what unbiased journalism looks like, Chad. Here is a link.

April 15, 2015 at 6:54 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 wanted to publish the E-mail I sent to Commissioners Schumm and Riordan in full so that the public can see it. Despite its brevity, the LJWorld didn't publish it in full (it would have ruined their narrative).

Schumm and Riordan are seeking re-election and Schumm had highlighted the installation of fiber as one of his key issues. Thursday's newspaper story was my reward for reaching out to them.
<---------- F U L L T E X T ---------->

It won't surprise you that I've been organizing a block of voters for this upcoming election.

I have 1,184 voters committed to voting in the primary and the general. The primary issue they'll be voting on is fiber.

I'd like to have a sit down with you here at the Entrepreneurship Center in advance of next Tuesday's meeting to discuss your position on the issue and how we might be able to work together for the benefit of Lawrence.

Joshua Montgomery
Wicked Broadband
2321 Ponderosa Drive
P.O. Box 3532
Lawrence, KS 66046
Fx: (785) 331-2086

January 25, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City: Apartment complex by Memorial Stadium moving forward

I strongly believe that they would have built it without the 85% 10 year tax abatement.

Same goes for the Marriott project at 9th & New Hampshire and the Oread Inn. All of them would have been built without the City sweetening the pot for the developers.

By spending through the tax code (instead of through expenditures), the City of Lawrence has turned over its entire economic development budget to wealthy developers and has nothing left to encourage small business growth.

The result? We are 4,000 jobs behind comparable communities in job growth over the past 10 years. That is $14.6 Million in lost tax revenue EACH YEAR.

December 30, 2014 at 6:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCC approves Chanute public broadband proposal

Congratulations to the people of Chanute for taking control of their telecommunications future.

The $14M invested in this network will result in substantially better service for the community and a new revenue source for the City.

December 17, 2014 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Smart business

Leslie - There are a variety non-profit organizations that provide free computers to low income families and the proposed agreement will require carriers who receive a subsidy to provide free Internet service for low income families.

We'd love to eventually have every home in Lawrence wired for fiber. It will make it possible to turn service on for 100% of qualifying families.

October 10, 2014 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Smart business

Oh - Credit where credit is due.

There were a number of other people involved in creating this organization, many of whom have moved on to great careers in IT, law, etc. My wife and I were not the sole founders, rather, we are the caretakers of their work - both volunteer and paid. They deserve thanks and praise from our community for their hard work and novel ideas.

October 10, 2014 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Smart business

I'd like to weigh in here with a couple of comments about Wicked's proposal. Chad works hard to communicate complex issues, but sometimes important items are lost in translation.

It is Wicked's position that the Internet is a public good and that access is a basic human right. Last mile Internet service should be owned and operated by the public as a public utility service in much the same way that our water system is.

(1). Wicked's initial proposal was for the City of Lawrence to take our network as a gift and operate it for the benefit of citizens. This would have created a public utility with all of the staff, infrastructure and technology necessary to position the city for a successful city-wide fiber system.

Providing service through a regulated private entity is a poor substitute for public ownership, but is workable if the provider is regulated effectively.

(2). Our proposal to the City of Lawrence is for a wholesale common carriage system - the proposed solution requires us (and any other providers interested) to provide network access to other companies at a low, fixed rate. $25/address/month in 2014 dollars.

We now have four (4) providers who have expressed interest in becoming retail carriers on the proposed network. That means that customers who currently have only one choice for high speed Internet (DSL and U-Verse don't count - they are too slow), will all of a sudden have multiple providers competing for their business.

(3). Wicked welcomes RG Fiber, WoW!, AT&T and any other company that wants to provide retail service on top of the wholesale system. More retailers means more competition which means better service for customers at lower prices.

Mr. Burris is correct - The City should absolutely drive the hardest bargain it can. It should insist that any operator making use of the rights of way is forced to operate the resulting system as an open access network.

The City should also ensure that it receives 5% of gross revenue in exchange for use of the rights of way. Citizens deserve to be compensated when companies keep equipment, cable, transmission equipment and other infrastructure on and under publicly owned streets.

What people don't understand and Chad has trouble communicating is that my wife and I are not in this to make a buck. We started this whole thing as a non-profit and only moved to the current model when we couldn't find capital for our project.

Despite what the trolls below might say, you don't start a non-profit to get rich.

We are not an ISP. We are Internet activists who started an ISP to advance our ideology - the Internet should be available to everyone, everywhere, regardless of income.

October 10, 2014 at 5:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Smart business


October 10, 2014 at 5:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drone at KU football game raises concerns

I want to highlight that this pilot was flying outside of FAA regulations and was being supremely irresponsible. This does not represent the behavior of the rest of the drone community which is committed to flying safely and within FAA guidelines.

As a reminder: It is legal to operate drones in areas where bystanders are not at risk, under 400' altitude and more than 5 miles from an airport. It is only legal to operate drones for non-commercial uses.

By flying in interdicted airspace this operator put the public, the pilots of the other aircraft and his vehicle at risk. Had something happened (i.e. had a private aircraft hit the drone and as a result crashed into the crowd) dozens of people may have been killed.

He also put the reputation of other, responsible, pilots at risk. That makes it that much harder to put this technology to use for the good of society.

Drones can be used to deliver medications when roads are impassible. They can be used to find missing persons. They can be used to monitor crops to ensure water isn't being wasted. There are thousands of positive uses for this technology, but operators need to respect the law and operate safely.

October 2, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )