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Can You Hear Me Now?

May 3, 2007

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
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

Disclaimer:

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!

On May 3, 2007 10:00 PM, Meistergeek said:

I guess you get “what you vote for”! Which is why I only state the facts as they are are publicly available, hence the 12 month, as that was all I could get from Verizon.

Obviously, I am fully aware of the total lack of understanding for what technology is able to do, but I believe that if more voters knew why cell phones don’t work in Croton and why we do not have access to competitive broadband solutions, we will eventually get the necessary change within the leadership of our Village.

If I am wrong, there are plenty of other areas that have FIOS already!

On May 3, 2007 8:17 PM, crotonres said:

I’d be happy if cell phones worked.

On May 3, 2007 3:01 PM, Just The Facts said:

Don’t hold your breath, we probably wont get FIOS for another decade. The mayor, besides being distracted to the detriment of all else by the Waste Transfer Station, is by all accounts a tecnophobe. Apparently, he believes Crotonblog to be a “chat room” and rarely (if ever) uses email. So, you are definitely barking up the wrong tree if you expect to see any progress on this issue for the next two years (at least).



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