According to a June 2013 report issued by the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau, North Carolina ranks dead last – superseded even by Mississippi now- with only 17% of its households subscribing to the level of broadband the FCC deems necessary to engage in modern life.
Here's the email I sent to my legislators, Jim Davis and Joe Sam Queen....
According to a report in June from the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau, North Carolina now ranks dead last in the nation in broadband access, with only 17% of homes subscribing to the level of internet/communications access that the FCC deems necessary to participate in modern life. For the first time in decades, Mississippi is finding opportunity after opportunity to "thank God for North Carolina."
Gov Perdue has drunk Time Warner's kool-aid and says she will not veto H129, a bill forbidding government bodies in NC from creating our own Broadband networks. Now there will be even less competition to stimulate some improvements in our telecom infrastructure.
Might as well have a Republican governor. Clearly what matters is the legislature.
Sorry to hit and run, but I'm late for a meeting and just saw this post at Ed Cone's blog about a power play in progress on the broadband front. Check it out and suggest courses of action. Pretty please?
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 10/06/2009 - 7:37am
During her campaign in 2008, Kay Hagan traveled to rural areas of the state and held kitchen table discussions with residents of those counties to discuss the need for broadband expansion. Yesterday she announced that North Carolina would get a little over $2 million to expand broadband to underserved areas of this state.
“This investment in North Carolina will help boost economic development in our rural communities and keep them vibrant,” said Hagan. “Increasing broadband access means connecting our communities to the world and adding more jobs in our state in this tough economy.”
I organized one of these kitchen table discussions for then candidate Kay Hagan. A neighbor, who raises chickens and cattle held the event at his home. We were trying to get about 12-15 people in rural Union County to attend. There were more than 30 people eager to speak with Kay about everything from broadband to roads.
As reportedby the Independent Weekly, Representative Ty Harrell (D-Wake) and State Senator David W. Hoyle (D-Gaston) have penned SB1004 (and it's House counterpart, HB1252), known as the "Level Playing Field/Cities/Service Providers" bill. Contrary to its name, the bill seeks to prevent municipal governments from installing high-speed broadband or wireless internet service and acting as an ISP, even if commercial ISPs have no plans to offer service to their communities.
From many reports of those who attended Tuesday's NC House Finance Committee meeting it appears we dodged a bullet. HB1587, the so called Local Government Fair Competition Act, was changed and a new one took its place. The new bill calls for a committee to "study local government owned and operated communication services."
For the back story on the fight against this bad legislation read this BlueNC post. Cross posted from yesh.com.
As I write this NC HB 1587 is before the Utilities Committee for consideration. Big Telecommunications companies want to prevent democratically elected bodies from bringing broadband Internet access to everyone.
Please ask your state Rep to vote No or ask their colleague to vote No!
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