First, thanks to Crotonblog for a great vehicle to get news about the local community I live in and pay taxes to.
Second, here is yet another example of lack of vision and common sense in Village Board, led by the Mayor and his alliance:
I don’t know if you have noticed, that we currently are inundated with commercials/direct mail for a new TV and Internet service provider “Verizon FIOS”. This is a new broadband alternative to the current monopoly Cablevision.
Unfortunately, we will have to forget that service for a while here in Croton! We are not even on their “take orders list”, and will not be for at least the next 12 months. This simply because Verizon has to put up with the Village demands, and obviously goes first where the “red tape” is at a minimum. BTW. the service is now available in Ossining and Peekskill just to mention some of the nearby communities that have the service available now!
The Village has over the last 3 years in pursuit of fee’s and directives as to how Verizon equipment can be designed (“the environmental impact”), made sure that Croton is last on the list for Verizon’s fiber optical broadband service. Interestingly, the fee hunt was “canceled” by the public service commission. But since this is all about volume Verizon can afford to neglect Croton with only 7,800 potential users or so.
I guess the big news here is: If you are Republican, competition is bad….. or?
In term of financials, I would save around $1200 annually, if I had the service available now! Compared to the expenses with the current monopoly!
Is Croton going to be left in the technological stone age? What is it exactly that the Village is afraid of? Because, it does not seem to me, that the Village politicians and the Village Professionals have a clue about what this technology can do. For your information FIOS is not just TV! It is TV, Telephone and Internet on 1 connection!
Unfortunately, that does not help me because I am still waiting to the tune of $100 a month!
— Martin Mortensen
I do not have any financial or other ties to Verizon! I am merely a technologist in pursuit of the best broadband solution for me and my family!