joshua_montgomery (Joshua Montgomery)


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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 )

A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Richard Heckler - Mark Twain once said "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

It is advice that is often needed, but seldom heeded.

September 17, 2014 at 4:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Bud Stagg, I think you miss the point. We don't need to attract jobs, we need to grow them.

You don't create an orchard by importing mature trees. You grow trees from seeds, then graft on branches from proven fruit producers.

The same is true of a thriving community of entrepreneurship. We need to grow a base of successful startups, then let market forces graft talent an capital from one successful startup to another.

We cannot grow our local economy by attracting companies through tax incentives in a race to be bottom, we can only do it by creating an environment in which local companies can expand to become regional and national companies.

September 17, 2014 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence police: Three teenagers allegedly skip school to attempt armed robbery

Couple of facts to add:

The clerk at this site is an aspiring martial arts instructor.

The site is a demonstration site for HD video surveillance systems - it has the most comprehensive HD video surveillance system in the City of Lawrence, possibly the State of Kansas.

August 30, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County economic development plan proposes venture capital, other assistance for start-ups

Wouldn't it be nice to have a competitive Gigabit Fiber network where multiple providers competed to bring you the best Internet, TV, Phone and Holographic Sports coverage?

August 27, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chamber of Commerce CEO confident despite lagging job growth, high taxes

I think the tech community has made its view on this issue pretty clear:

August 17, 2014 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )