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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.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Downingtown, Caln & Coatesville have a head start on high speed internet proposed by Obama.

Back in 2004 then Coatesville Assistant City Manager Jean Krack was thinking of high-speed Internet access when he put 50 times as much fiber optic cable under Lincoln Highway than was necessary for the operation of surveillance cameras and camera operated smart traffic signals. 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — President Obama announced executive actions on Wednesday to expand high-speed Internet access and make it more affordable, including an effort to spur the creation of municipal broadband networks that could challenge the nation’s large telecommunications companies. 
“In too many places across America, some big companies are doing everything they can to keep out competitors,” Mr. Obama said at Cedar Falls Utilities, a municipal service that provides one-gigabit broadband — 100 times the national average speed — to a city of 40,000. “We've got to change that — enough’s enough.” 
Pointing to Cedar Falls as the “guinea pig” for unfettered expansion of broadband service, Mr. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to override state laws that keep communities from providing high-speed Internet. 
New York Times 
Obama Announces Moves to Encourage Expansion of Public Broadband Networks 

Back in 2004 then Coatesville Assistant City Manager Jean Krack was thinking of high-speed Internet access when he put 50 times as much fiber optic cable under Lincoln Highway than was necessary for the operation of surveillance cameras and camera operated smart traffic signals. Jean also went to Downingtown and Caln to see if they were interested in extending the fiber optic smart traffic signal and surveillance system in their communities. They were and they did.
Here in Coatesville, Downingtown and Caln Township we have a large part of the infrastructure hardware in the ground to make community broadband Internet like Chattanooga, Tennessee and Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jean put the fiber optic cable in before Verizon went to the Pennsylvania Legislature and Governor Rendell claiming that they couldn't compete against a non-profit community internet. 

But now we have our "Don't even think about competing with Verizon Fios law in Pennsylvania. Verizon completed building the Verizon Fios fiber optic cable service and the more rural areas of Pennsylvania where Verizon can't make quick profits will never see Verizon Fios.
The FCC now classifies Internet service as an "information service". If President Obama is successful and the FCC classifies internet service as a "public utility" Verizon's monopoly on fiber optic cable in Pennsylvania becomes null and void.
Downingtown, Caln and Coatesville can make a 1G Internet service called maybe "Brandywine Valley 1 Gigabit" or something like that.
1 gigabit per second Internet access would transform our area into an economic powerhouse. It would also allow our public schools and hospitals access to state of the art online services. Maybe a major University would put a branch here because of the 1G access.
Here is what I posted back in December. The part about working around Verizon's monopoly would not be needed if President Obama is successful.
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. 



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