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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Why is Chattanooga TN called "The Paris of Southeast Tennessee"? - Gigabit-per-second Internet speed

Chattanooga has become a magnet for small startup companies and young people because it has the fastest internet in the U.S. Chattanooga has the country's first 1Gbps residential network, and the coverage stretches across the entire county.

And it’s local government operated. 

We could do something similar here. 

Only a small part of the fiber optic cable under the Lincoln Highway for the traffic signal and surveillance camera system in Coatesville, Caln and Downingtown is used.

Former Coatesville City Manager Jean Krack had the vision to put 50 times more fiber optic cable than needed under the Lincoln Highway between Coatesville and Downingtown in anticipation of a Gigabit-per-second Internet speed.


In 2010 Chattanooga Tennessee became America's first Gig City. Chattanooga has attracted companies like Volkswagen, Olsten and Amazon fulfillment services to create more than seven thousand new jobs and spur dozens of new small and medium-sized businesses.

Most Verizon FIOS connections are 15 megabits per second which can be upgraded in some areas up to 500 megabits per second, for $284.99 per month. 

Chattanooga rolled out a fiber-optic network a few years ago that now offers speeds of up to 1000 Megabits per second, or 1 gigabit, for just $70 a month.”   
Chattanooga's super-fast publicly owned Internet 
By James O'Toole   @jtotoole May 20, 2014: 5:53 PM ET

Right here, in Chattanooga
It's time to get the secret out... Chattanooga has an emerging tech scene, a thriving downtown, and a lot of energy and momentum. We want to make it easier for engineers, journalists & founders to see what's happening in Chattanooga and get more information about the movement. 
Software is eating the world and the most successful economies of tomorrow are building around this. Our goal is for Chattanooga to be one of these economies and it's time to build the buzz and bring in the talent. 
Nooga Startups

There was a window for a community broadband system before Verizon "passed" laws prohibiting community broadband in Pennsylvania. 

It's useless to bring up building a community based broadband at a borough, township or city council meeting in Pennsylvania. Community broadband is no longer something that can be done by Coatesville's Caln's and Downingtown's governments.

It's still possible to have a local broadband system Coatesville to Downingtown. But the community system needs to be private/non-profit or profit; not with public money. If it's public the details about a broadband system are discoverable and Verizon and Comcast will kill it before it can be started.


1 Gig internet would make the Coatesville to Downingtown the mainline for internet based business in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Comcast, ATT and Verizon won't do it, they are fine with slow internet. The people of Coatesville, Caln and Downingtown need to do it. 


  1. Coatesville Broadband Network Project

    Build a broadband network that is critical to Coatesville's future economic growth.

    Support new businesses and accelerate their growth.

    Create opportunities to train the workforce of the future.

    These are the targets to meet

    Present opportunity to Coatesville stakeholders
    Engage community in discussion
    Develop partnerships
    Create consensus on how to move forward
    Generate governance structure
    Begin planning Coatesville broadband network
    This is how our organization will gain.

    Breaking down the digital divide for Coatesville community
    More secure, more reliable, faster, and higher quality broadband service
    Access to untapped research and educational resources
    Collaboration with statewide and national peer institutions and networks
    Enhanced opportunities for videoconferencing and data sharing

    MORE AT:



    PennREN, the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, is KINBER’s first project that will deliver a statewide platform for connecting its members through facilities based fiber-optic networking. Members can utilize PennREN’s services for advancing their initiatives while KINBER provider partners can offer open access for expanding broadband access across the commonwealth. PennREN will initially light over 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network that will connect over 70 locations.

  3. GIGABIT NATION Broadband Talk Radio
    CLIC to Help Turn Tide on Muni Network Restrictions.
    There are 20 are about states with restrictions on muni- and public utility-owned broadband. More states may try to join them in  2015. But communities across America are gearing up to push back. Learn how the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) is supporting them and how you can help.
    Local Internet choice directly impacts economic development and job creation, innovation, investment, and competition. Jim Baller, President of CLIC, and Joanne Hovis, CEO of CLIC, discuss why local communities, through their elected officials, must have the right and opportunity to play a critical role in choosing the best broadband infrastructure for their businesses, institutions, and residents.
    Listeners gather insights to working with willing incumbents, developing public-private partnerships, establishing their own networks when necessary, or creating other inventive approaches that work for their communities. Both guests share their many years of experience in helping communities obtain the many benefits of advanced communications capabilities. Baller and Hovis formed CLIC to give voice to the wide range of public and private interests that support local choice and to provide communities practical advice and the tools necessary to prevent new state barriers from being enacted and to remove existing barriers.


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