Thank you for your coverage Fiona. We rely on your hard work to stay informed. Thank you!
Sadly this may be a case of going from bad to worse. E-NC has done valuable work but hasn't exactly been an ally of local government or the people they represent. Isn't this really a case of one puppet being replaced by another?
Last year we beat HB-1587. A state bill that if made law would have prevented local governments from providing Internet access E-NC refused to oppose it officially. Even after many Towns, Cities, and companies like Google wrote letters to our State representatives against it. Because this bill was defeated Wilson, NC was able to launch one of the states best high speed networks. 10 Megabit and 100 Megabit Internet connections strait to homes an businesses!
For years e-NC used the FCCs definition of broadband as 200 kilobytes or higher per second. This year the FCC raised their definition to 768Kbps and 1.5Mbps. (For some reason e-NC's website still defines broadband as 200kbps.) Keeping the slow definition of broadband helped telcos claim more people had broadband than they did. Also methods of measurement where flawed in old studies. Such as determining that broadband was available in an area because one company had a T1 line while the rest of the community had nothing. Not to mention the fact that our home cable modems are asynchronous. Meaning download speeds are faster than upload speeds. Plus the actual usable speeds of our cable modems are not constant. They fluctuate based on the traffic on them and the bandwidth shaping that is done by service providers routers. On top of all this our cable modem fine print only "guarantees" us 80% service of 80% of advertised bandwidth! Imagine how all this complicated information could skew reports to our state legislature about actual service levels. This is nothing but high tech redlining on a street by street basis.
I don't want Connected Nation in North Carolina. Until we have a independently funded public advocate providing data to our representatives we'll still have uninformed law making.
I am not employed by any of Will Raymond's opponents. Nor have I collaborated with any of them to share MY thoughts about Mr. Raymond. I do so independently.
My comment above was not motivated as a personal attack. But to share with citizens that Mr. Raymond has burnt all his bridges though his own actions. We must have positive relationship with those we wish to collaborate with.
The Chapel Hill Town Technology committee was disbanded in part because of Mr. Raymond's actions. He and several others former members made each and every meeting I attended extremely uncomfortable and uneffective. I don't want my Town Council to devolve to that level.
I served on the Chapel Hill Town Technology Board with Will Raymond. People who run for office often learn how the process of local government works by serving on committees and boards. It is one deeply rooted in consensus and collaboration. Mr. Raymond has clearly demonstrated his inability to work with others there by participating in petty arguments with several others on the board. Unfortunately his style CAN BE divisive and unproductive.
You can do all the research in the world but if you can not work with others then you can not govern well. Its simple math. The Town Council is 8 people plus the Mayor. You need 5 people to pass something. How do you get those five votes? By working closely WITH your fellow council members. How do you work with your colleagues? You get to know them and build trust among them. This is not a description of a "good ole boy" network but how our democracy works. If Mr. Raymond can not work within that system then he should not be elected. I voted for him during the last time he ran but will not be doing so this time.
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