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One gbps: $105 per month

Smaller American municipalities are attracting businesses by offering economical broadband service. In 2010, Salisbury, North Carolina began offering broadband service to its residents and business customers. The city created a wholly owned utility named Fibrant. Fibrant’s FAQ page explains:

Q: How did Fibrant get started?
A: The City Council of Salisbury, NC was unhappy with the lack of broadband service provided by incumbent networks. They invested in building Fibrant as a municipal utility to encourage economic development, increase competitive opportunities for our existing businesses and to provide citizens globally competitive access to the world.

Salisbury, North Carolina served by Fibrant broadband

Fibrant’s latest pricing is enticing:

  • Ten gbps (gigabits per second) symmetrical service: $410 per month for business and residential customers
  • One gbps symmetrical service: $105 per month for business and residential customers
  • 50 Mbps (Megabits per second) symmetrical service for $45 per month

These are fantastic prices for smokin’ fast broadband service. The incumbent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have lobbied some state legislatures to prevent municipalities from undertaking broadband service provision. Salisbury residents are lucky. This article describes North Carolina’s ill-advised municipal broadband restrictions:

Those clamoring for fiber broadband speeds under the state’s anti-community broadband law will have to move to one of a handful of grandfathered communities in North Carolina where forward-thinking leaders actually built the fiber networks private companies are still only talking about.

I congratulate Salisbury’s city council. Fast broadband attracts business. Watch Salisbury grow. This Salisbury Post article mentions business opportunities.

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Hillary Clinton-approved email server

I love this parody.  It’s a humorous advertisement for your own mail server:

Do you run a government agency but hate complying with the law?  Then you need DC Matic, the Hillary Clinton-approved email server!

credit: Written and performed by Remy.  Video directed and edited by Meredith Bragg

What’s Hillary hiding?  Classified emails?  Sure.  Evidence of her negligence in Benghazi that led to the murders of US citizens?  Of course.  Security breaches via assistant Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood connections?  Probably.  No, the ticking time bomb in this server is bribery.  Maybe treason as well.  She’s hiding written evidence of her deals that traded State Department help in exchange for large donations to the Clinton Foundation and large fees for speaking engagements by Bill Clinton.

Putney Swope and Barack Obama

Today’s laughably corrupt Obama regime is life imitating art. Which art? Cinema. Whacked-out cinema. Farce. Namely, 1969’s Putney Swope:

Both Swope and Obama were elected to office by fools who suffer from chronic white guilt.

In 1969, Putney Swope announced:

The changes I’m gonna make will be minimal. I’m not gonna rock the boat. Rockin’ the boat’s a drag. What you do is sink the boat.

In 2008, Barack Obama bragged:

. . . we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

Mr. Obama is trying to transform America, alright. Transform it from a prosperous capitalist economy governed by a constitutional republic to a bankrupt socialist economy governed by a corrupt tyrannical dictatorship. Barack is following Putney’s credo, “What you do is sink the boat.”

Lady MacClinton’s emails

Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
The new improved Clinton lie:

I did not have textual relations with that server.

Yesterday, the FBI took possession of Hillary Clinton’s private mail server. It provided mail services for the clintonemail.com domain. She, using the hdr22@clintonemail.com mailbox, apparently used it for official email while she was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. This is a violation of US federal regulations on preservation of government records.

Hillary ClintonIt’s clear that Hillary set up this server specifically to circumvent these regulations. While Secretary of State she set up a tollbooth which collected payments from business and government leaders in exchange for favors from her department and friends. The payments were deposited in the Clinton Foundation slush fund. Of course she didn’t want records kept in the federal archive.

I don’t know the details of this server. Microsoft Exchange is popular, but a pain to configure and maintain. A Linux-based mailserver is also a pain to configure but requires less maintenance. In either case outside I.T. support is required. That party will have worthwhile information.

Server contents

In March, Hillary claimed,

The server contains personal communications from my husband and me, and I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and the server will remain private.

Her dopey husband accidentally contradicted her twice when he denied ever sending any emails to anyone, ever.

Unencrypted classified emails?

You've got mailApparently her clintonemail.com server had no authentication certificate for its first three months of operation. This means that all traffic in and out of that server would have been unencrypted. Chances are good that the Chinese, Russian, or Ukraine government read some of those emails.

I’m curious to see what’s on the server’s backup system’s archived media.

Lady MacClinton’s been skating on thin legal ice for years. Maybe this time she’ll not skate away.

Details: The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

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One-man scan

Tom Tryniski has an unusual hobby. Since 1999, he’s been scanning in old newspapers, converting the scanned images to ASCII text, and indexing that text. According to Wikipedia, “As of September 2014, the site has over 28 million newspaper pages.” Tom has done this all by himself.

Tom’s website home page opens with a brief animated movie (a website design no-no), but his site’s wealth of data is worth the delay. Its search function is excellent. I was able to quickly find decades-old information about old friends from New York state.

The website: fultonhistory.com

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Am I a snob?

Or just someone who values accurate communication?

Today I viewed a brief well-done video that gushed about the growth of the Internet. A male voice compared connection speeds today with those of 1984. He mis-read kbps (kilobits per second) as “kiloBYTES per second” and Mbps (Megabits per second) as “megaBYTES per second”. He’s off by a factor of eight. For me, this sort of error is like hearing fingernails scrape a blackboard.

Here’s the video (requires Flash):

I encounter this sort of factual error all the time. I can usually correct the error in my head and forget about it. Occasionally, though, multiple factual errors cascade and obliterate the truth. When this happens, the writer and/or speaker has failed to communicate. All we’re left with is a jumble of mis-applied technical terms, with no clear meaning.

Should this bother me? Or am I just a snob?

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FCC’s Tom Wheeler proposes Title 2

Tom_Wheeler_FCCLast week, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler — who has deep roots in the cable TV and wireless phone industries — proposed a surprise: broadband carriers, both wired and wireless, should be regulated as common carriers under title 2 of the Telecommunications Act so that they provide uniform broadband service to all consumers. In addition, the FCC proposed that the definition of broadband should be upgraded to 25 Mbps. (It has been 4 Mbps.) Consumers will benefit from these actions.

As a compensatory gift to the cable TV companies, Mr. Wheeler proposes that there should be no last mile (the distribution cable from the carrier’s central office to the customer premise) unbundling. (The phone companies were ordered years ago to unbundle their last mile — that’s what allows companies such as DSL Extreme to offer low cost DSL service over the local carrier’s twisted pair.) AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast spend tons of money on lobbyists. They’ll expect to receive favors from Congress in return for their largesse, so Mr. Wheeler’s proposal will be in for rough sledding when it hits Congress.

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Recyclable Bicycle Exchange

I believe in recycling. So does Jeff Torkelson, who’s a generous Fort Lauderdale cyclist who additionally believes in giving to his community — and he has acted on his beliefs. Jeff created the Recyclable Bicycle Exchange (“RBX”) in Fort Lauderdale to convert unwanted and/or unneeded bicycles into dreams come true for kids who otherwise couldn’t own bikes.

Recyclable Bicycle Exchange and Jeff TorkelsonI first met Jeff in 2013 when he came to the Marino Campus to introduce the students to the Broward B-cycle bicycle sharing system. Jeff is its founder and manager. He gave away free bike helmets; I still use mine almost every day.

Our local newspaper, The Sun Sentinel, published in December an article titled Bike exchange turns trash into treasures about Jeff and RBX. It explains,

He decided he wanted to give back to the community after his father died of cancer five years ago. The idea for the exchange came about when Torkelson started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County.

“Here were children living lives where it was considered ordinary not to have a bike,” said Torkelson, 47. “I always thought every kid had a bike, that it was part of growing up.”

Future RBX mechanicOn the RBX website, Jeff defines the RBX mission:

To supply quality and safe bikes to the kids (big kids too) of South Florida, including the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County (BBBS), as a means of introducing an entertaining activity that promotes an active lifestyle.

The Recyclable Bicycle Exchange Facebook page contains RBX news and reviews . . . and big smiles on little cyclists.

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