Advancing the understanding and utilization of technology in Sonoma Valley.
Sonic.net tried to give the city free hi speed a few years back. Comcast threatened to sue the city claiming it broke the franchise agreement and the city backed down.. what's different about this?
I find it very interesting and frustrating that we can get better internet accessibility in Morocco and Peru than we do in Sonoma. We're going to be moving to Marin soon and one of the reasons is purely that for my business we need much better service and it is simply missing in Sonoma. Thank you so much for trying to change that!
Thanks, Chip. Great article to start a discussion on this vital topic. I live and work in El Verano and agree very much with James: "Unfortunately, once again, the Sonoma City Council gets to make a decision that affects the entire Valley and the entire valley has no say in it and can't vote out the people making the decisions in which we don't agree."
I spend much effort on staying away from corporations which ( or better who ) impose their monopoly policies on us.
For years I am working with a slow DSL connection provided now by napanet. It is at times a struggle. But the only alternative is Comcast and I am refusing to sign up with them. I do not agree with their policies of content filtering and their political ambitions.
As Chip pointed out in his article, we are a vital part of the economy of the valley and our tax money is easily taken. In these times a city should do everything to attract and maintain local businesses to avoid deficits. It is truly sad that Shirin considers to leave for reasons which could be avoided. This seems to be a political issue, as the technology is available. WiredSonoma could and should be our own "chamber of commerce". And as such, could we ask for a review of the Comcast franchise agreement? As James states, it must be a in place for years and times have changed.
And does the official Chamber Of Commerce has an opinion on this matter? They represent businesses within and outside of the city limits.
They are hosting the 2010 Business Expo on March 18. This could be an opportunity to make our voices heard.
Here's an article from Sonic regarding their Fusion/FlexLink Availability in Sonoma
October 13, 2009 – 9:44 pm
We have deployed equipment in two new central offices on our new technology platform. Both Fusion and FlexLink products are now available to customers served by the Cotati and Sonoma central offices.
Cotati and Sonoma were left out in the initial wave of deployment last year because both are awkwardly situated with relationship to many of the customers in the serving area. For example the Sonoma central office is actually in Agua Caliente, and this limits the availability of Fusion services for many Sonoma residents. (Agua Caliente residents on the other hand are very well situated.)
That said, for our business clients, broad FlexLink availability is important, so it’s nice to have wrapped these two locations up. Many wineries in the Sonoma area for example have previously had only expensive T1 or wireless options available, and can now take advantage of the speeds and low prices of FlexLink symmetric products.
These two offices complete our near term Sonoma County coverage, and we are now focusing construction efforts in Marin, Napa and the East Bay.