Internet service – Through Walls http://throughwalls.net/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 05:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://throughwalls.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-9-150x150.png Internet service – Through Walls http://throughwalls.net/ 32 32 Federal subsidy for Internet services available for eligible households https://throughwalls.net/federal-subsidy-for-internet-services-available-for-eligible-households/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/federal-subsidy-for-internet-services-available-for-eligible-households/ Photographic illustrations review review A new federal program aimed at connecting families and closing the internet divide for rural Americans is now available. The Affordable Connectivity Program offers high-speed fiber-to-the-home Internet service with a monthly discount of $30 to eligible households. The program is part of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed […]]]>

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A new federal program aimed at connecting families and closing the internet divide for rural Americans is now available.

The Affordable Connectivity Program offers high-speed fiber-to-the-home Internet service with a monthly discount of $30 to eligible households.

The program is part of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the United States Congress in November 2021.

A household is eligible if its total income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, or if a resident of the household uses: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program); Medicaid; SSI (Supplementary Security Income); WIC; free or reduced price meals or school breakfast program; Federal aid for public housing; veteran’s pension or survivor’s benefits; and Pell Grant.

Eligible households may also receive a one-time $100 rebate on select computers or tablets.

There are two main ways to enroll in the program. Visit getinternet.gov to apply online and find participating broadband providers near you, or contact a participating broadband provider to learn more about their application process. There are over 1,300 providers nationwide participating in the program. Once enrolled, eligible households must contact a participating broadband provider to select a service plan.

For more information, go to AffordableConnectivity.gov/do-i-qualifiify. To learn more about the program, visit fcc.gov/ACP or call a support center at 877-384-2575.


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The fastest network is even faster: Bell launches 3 gigabit Internet service in Quebec, Access Evolution https://throughwalls.net/the-fastest-network-is-even-faster-bell-launches-3-gigabit-internet-service-in-quebec-access-evolution/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:16:44 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/the-fastest-network-is-even-faster-bell-launches-3-gigabit-internet-service-in-quebec-access-evolution/ QUEBEC CITY – Today in Quebec City, Bell launched the fastest Internet speeds ever seen in Quebec. Bell’s pure fiber Internet service now offers 3 Gbps (gigabits per second) download speeds, as well as 3 Gbps upload speeds, providing a faster experience while working or learning from home , and doing the things you love […]]]>

QUEBEC CITY – Today in Quebec City, Bell launched the fastest Internet speeds ever seen in Quebec. Bell’s pure fiber Internet service now offers 3 Gbps (gigabits per second) download speeds, as well as 3 Gbps upload speeds, providing a faster experience while working or learning from home , and doing the things you love most, with download and upload speeds that cable can’t provide.

“Ten years ago, Quebec City was the first city in Quebec to have access to fibre-to-the-home technology from Bell, and today Bell is proud to offer its citizens the fastest speeds in Quebec. Our customers can now get download speeds of 3 gigabits per second, 2 times faster than cable, and upload speeds of 3 gigabits per second, 30 times faster than cable. We look forward to continuing to deliver the speed and reliability our customers need so they can do what they need to do online even faster.” – Karine Moses, Vice President Bell, Quebec

Many customers have multiple devices connected throughout the home and in use at the same time. Bell’s Pure Fiber Unlimited plan includes the Home Hub 4000 with Wi-Fi 6, the latest Wi-Fi technology on the market. Wi-Fi 6 lets customers stream, share, learn, work from home, video call, game, and do whatever else they need on their devices simultaneously, without sacrificing speed and performances.

Unlimited 3 gigabits per second pure fiber is now available in eligible areas of Quebec City and will soon be rolled out to other regions of Quebec. Customers can enjoy gigabit speeds starting at just $79.95/month. For full details, visit Bell.ca/uploadspeed

Quick Facts: Connecting More Canadians with the Fastest Rated Internet Service

  • Bell’s pure fiber Internet service now offers 3 Gbps download speeds and 3 Gbps upload speeds.
  • Bell Pure Fiber Internet download speeds are 2x faster than cable and download speeds are 30x faster than cable
  • Bell is the first major Internet service provider to offer these speeds in Quebec
  • Pure fiber Internet at 3 gigabits per second is now available in most regions of Quebec and will soon be deployed in other regions of the province.

In 2022, Bell is embarking on its most aggressive fiber rollout yet, with plans to reach up to 900,000 additional homes and businesses across most of Canada with direct fiber connections. This project is part of Bell’s historic two-year, nearly $10 billion capital expenditure program, now in its second year, to accelerate the deployment of its broadband, 5G and rural fiber networks.

Last year, Bell was named the best gaming internet provider among major Canadian providers in the PCMag Best Gaming ISPs 2022 report. This award is in addition to its ranking as the fastest Internet provider in Quebec according to the PCMag Fastest ISPs report. 2021 Canada.

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Wow, Americans really can’t stand their Internet Service Providers https://throughwalls.net/wow-americans-really-cant-stand-their-internet-service-providers/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 23:38:20 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/wow-americans-really-cant-stand-their-internet-service-providers/ What is happening The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers. why is it important As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, that could change. Your […]]]>

What is happening

The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers.

why is it important

As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, that could change.

Your industry may have a perception problem when it has lower customer satisfaction ratings than the US Postal Service or even gas stations. But it’s there internet service providers are now, with the recent release of the US Customer Satisfaction Index Telecom Study for 2021-2022.

Of more than 45 different industries surveyed (including trades as diverse as food manufacturing, life insurance, airlines, hotels, hospitals, and social media), ISPs come in last for satisfaction of customers, with a score of 64 on a scale of zero to 100. . That’s two points behind the lowest industry (subscription TV services at 66) and a 1.5% loss from the previous year’s performance.

ACSI List of Customer Satisfaction Criteria by Industry (showing ISPs at bottom)

Internet Service Providers come last in ACSI’s latest Customer Satisfaction List by Industry.

ACSI

sudden link suffered the biggest drop, dropping 4% from last year’s numbers to a score of 53, putting it firmly at the bottom of the ACSI list, a spot it also held in 2021. In April, Suddenlink’s parent company, Altice USA announced that it will soon rebrand the service to Optimum.

Speaking of Optimum, Altice’s other ISP didn’t do well either. It was second to last on the list, with a score of 59. Other vendors that have seen their scores drop year over year include AT&T, CenturyLink and coxswain (all down 3%) and Xfinity (down 1%).

Although Xfinity’s score dropped from 2021, its rating of 66 still topped the industry average of 64. Likewise, AT&T earned a third-place finish with a score of 69, which puts it well above the industry average of 64. above the category average. Yet the decline is surprising, given the commitment of telecoms to expand their fiber network and unveil its new multi-gig speed plans This year.

There were a few bright spots. An eternal favourite, Verizon Fiosstayed ahead and gained a point, moving to 72. Kinetic by Windstream climbed 2%, to a rating of 62. Border Communications made the biggest positive leap, trending up 7% to a score of 61. While still below the industry average, this is a significant step up from all three previous years where the supplier had obtained 55, 55 and 57 respectively.

Another noteworthy element of the report is the newcomer T-Mobile Home Internetwhich hit the market in 2021 and debuted second on the list with a score of 71. This bodes well for the fixed wireless option, which uses its 5G and 4G LTE networks to connect homes to the internet. and aims to be a disruptor for traditional broadband providers (the slogan on its site is “Free yourself from Internet BS“). If those scores are any indication, she and other newcomers might have a shot at making it.

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Bell launches 3 gigabit Internet service in Quebec https://throughwalls.net/bell-launches-3-gigabit-internet-service-in-quebec/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/bell-launches-3-gigabit-internet-service-in-quebec/ Download speeds of 3 gigabits per second, upload speeds of 3 gigabits per second, now available in Quebec QUEBEC CITY, June 15, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today in Quebec, Bell launched the fastest Internet speeds ever seen in Quebec. Bell’s pure fiber Internet service now offers 3 Gbps (gigabits per second) download speeds, as well […]]]>

Download speeds of 3 gigabits per second, upload speeds of 3 gigabits per second, now available in Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, June 15, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today in Quebec, Bell launched the fastest Internet speeds ever seen in Quebec. Bell’s pure fiber Internet service now offers 3 Gbps (gigabits per second) download speeds, as well as 3 Gbps upload speeds, providing a faster experience while working or learning from home , and doing the things you love most, with download and upload speeds that cable can’t provide.

Download speeds of 3 gigabits per second, upload speeds of 3 gigabits per second, now available in Quebec (CNW Group/Bell Canada)

“Ten years ago, Quebec City was the first city in Quebec to have access to fibre-to-the-home technology from Bell, and today Bell is proud to offer its citizens the fastest speeds in Quebec. Our customers can now get download speeds of 3 gigabits per second, 2 times faster than cable, and upload speeds of 3 gigabits per second, 30 times faster than cable. We look forward to continuing to deliver the speed and reliability our customers need so they can do what they need to do online even faster.”

Karine Mosesvice-president of Bell, Quebec

Many customers have multiple devices connected throughout the home and in use at the same time. Bell’s Pure Fiber Unlimited plan includes the Home Hub 4000 with Wi-Fi 6, the latest Wi-Fi technology on the market. Wi-Fi 6 lets customers stream, share, learn, work from home, video call, game, and do whatever else they need on their devices simultaneously, without sacrificing speed and performances.

Unlimited 3 gigabits per second pure fiber is now available in eligible areas of Quebec City and will soon be rolled out to other regions of Quebec. Customers can enjoy gigabit speeds starting at just $79.95/month. For more details, please visit Bell.ca/uploadspeed

Fast facts:

Connecting more Canadians with the fastest rated internet service

  • Bell’s pure fiber Internet service now offers 3 Gbps download speeds and 3 Gbps upload speeds.

  • Bell Pure Fiber Internet download speeds are 2x faster than cable and download speeds are 30x faster than cable

  • Bell is the first major Internet service provider to offer these speeds in Quebec

  • Pure fiber Internet at 3 gigabits per second is now available in most regions of Quebec and will soon be deployed in other regions of the province.

In 2022, Bell is embarking on its most aggressive fiber build to date, with plans to reach up to 900,000 more homes and businesses throughout most of Canada with direct fiber optic connections. This project is part of Bell’s historic two-year, nearly $10 billion capital expenditure program, now in its second year, to accelerate the deployment of its broadband, 5G and rural fiber networks.

Last year, Bell was named Best Internet Gaming Provider among Canada’s top providers in PCMag report on the best gaming ISPs 2022. This award is in addition to its ranking as the fastest Internet provider in Quebec according to the PCMag Fastest ISPs 2021 Canada report.

About Bell

Bell is Canada’s largest communications company. It provides advanced broadband wireless communications, television, Internet, media and business services across the country. Founded in Montreal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca Where BCE.ca.

Through Bell for the best, we invest to create a better today and a better tomorrow by supporting the social and economic prosperity of our communities with a commitment to the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. This includes the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, which promotes mental health in Canada with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant funding from Bell for Care and community access, research and workplace leadership initiatives across the country. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/Let’s Talk.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements relating to our network deployment plans and planned capital expenditures and the expected benefits that will result therefrom, including our expenditure acceleration program two-year capital expenditures for the deployment of our broadband fiber, 5G and rural networks, our business outlook, strategic objectives, plans and priorities, and other statements that are not historical facts. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of applicable Canadian and United States securities laws. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions that give rise to the possibility that actual results or events will differ materially from our expectations. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or events, and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release describe our expectations as of the date of this press release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as required by applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our network deployment plans and planned capital expenditures and the expected benefits therefrom are subject to risks and, accordingly, there can be no assurance that our network deployment plans will be completed, our planned capital expenditures will be made or that the expected benefits will result will be realised. The achievement of our network deployment plans assumes, among other things, the availability of sufficient equipment, labor and capital and the value of our planned capital expenditures assumes our ability to access or generate the sources of capital needed. However, there is no certainty that the necessary equipment, labor and capital sources will be available, so our actual network deployments and capital expenditures could differ materially from current expectations. For additional information on the assumptions and risks underlying some of our forward-looking statements made in this press release, please see BCE Inc.’s (BCE) 2021 Annual MD&A dated March 3, 2022BCE’s first quarter 2022 MD&A dated May 4, 2022 and BCE’s press release of May 5, 2022 announcing its financial results for the first quarter of 2022, filed by BCE with the Canadian provincial securities authorities (available at Sedar.com) and with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (available at SEC.gov). These documents are also available at BCE.ca.

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Internet Service Providers Americans Hate Least https://throughwalls.net/internet-service-providers-americans-hate-least/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:23:12 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/internet-service-providers-americans-hate-least/ What is happening The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers. why is it important As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, that could change. Your […]]]>

What is happening

The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers.

why is it important

As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, that could change.

Your industry may have a perception problem when it has lower customer satisfaction ratings than the US Postal Service or even gas stations. But it’s there internet service providers are now, with the recent release of the US Customer Satisfaction Index Telecom Study for 2021-2022.

Of more than 45 different industries surveyed (including trades as diverse as food manufacturing, life insurance, airlines, hotels, hospitals, and social media), ISPs come in last for satisfaction of customers, with a score of 64 on a scale of zero to 100. . That’s two points behind the lowest industry (subscription TV services at 66) and a 1.5% loss from the previous year’s performance.

ACSI List of Customer Satisfaction Criteria by Industry (showing ISPs at bottom)

Internet Service Providers come last in ACSI’s latest Customer Satisfaction List by Industry.

ACSI

sudden link suffered the biggest drop, dropping 4% from last year’s numbers to a score of 53, putting it firmly at the bottom of the ACSI list, a spot it also held in 2021. In April, Suddenlink’s parent company, Altice USA announced that it will soon rebrand the service to Optimum.

Speaking of Optimum, Altice’s other ISP didn’t do well either. It was second to last on the list, with a score of 59. Other vendors that have seen their scores drop year over year include AT&T, CenturyLink and coxswain (all down 3%) and Xfinity (down 1%).

Although Xfinity’s score dropped from 2021, its rating of 66 still topped the industry average of 64. Likewise, AT&T earned a third-place finish with a score of 69, which puts it well above the industry average of 64. above the category average. Yet the decline is surprising, given the commitment of telecoms to expand their fiber network and unveil its new multi-gig speed plans This year.

There were a few bright spots. An eternal favourite, Verizon Fiosstayed ahead and gained a point, moving to 72. Kinetic by Windstream climbed 2%, to a rating of 62. Border Communications made the biggest positive leap, trending up 7% to a score of 61. While still below the industry average, this is a significant step up from all three previous years where the supplier had obtained 55, 55 and 57 respectively.

Another noteworthy element of the report is the newcomer T-Mobile Home Internetwhich hit the market in 2021 and debuted second on the list with a score of 71. This bodes well for the fixed wireless option, which uses its 5G and 4G LTE networks to connect homes to the internet. and aims to be a disruptor for traditional broadband providers (the slogan on its site is “Free yourself from Internet BS“). If those scores are any indication, she and other newcomers might have a shot at making it.

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Houston-Based Internet Service Provider Comes to Ellis County https://throughwalls.net/houston-based-internet-service-provider-comes-to-ellis-county/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/houston-based-internet-service-provider-comes-to-ellis-county/ Staff report Tachus Fiber Internet, one of the fastest growing fiber-to-the-home Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Texas, announced plans to bring its reliable, 1 Gigabit-ready fiber Internet service to residential customers in the region. of Dallas-Fort Worth starting in 2022, according to a press release from Tachus. The expansion, part of a multi-year investment to […]]]>

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Tachus Fiber Internet, one of the fastest growing fiber-to-the-home Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Texas, announced plans to bring its reliable, 1 Gigabit-ready fiber Internet service to residential customers in the region. of Dallas-Fort Worth starting in 2022, according to a press release from Tachus.

The expansion, part of a multi-year investment to create fiber-to-the-home internet service in Texas communities, is the first for Tachus outside of the Houston metro area.

“Tachus has spent the past three years building a state-of-the-art fiber network in Metro Houston to bring neighborhoods into the age of modern communications,” said General Manager Hal Brumfield. “Today, we are excited to announce plans to further expand our footprint in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, knowing Metroplex residents desperately want and need this technology.”

Tachus has differentiated itself in the fiber-to-the-home market by staying true to its core values ​​of community, integrity, and simplicity, focusing on delivering ultra-fast fiber internet access. , fast and comprehensive local customer service with lifetime pricing, and no taxes, fees or data caps – no strings attached.

Expansion of the company’s fiber optic network in the DFW market will initially focus on well-established neighborhoods where customer choice is limited and reliable high-speed Internet service is lacking.

Chief Strategy Officer Carter Old said Tachus plans to begin construction in Ellis, Denton, Collins, Rockwall, Tarrant, Dallas, Kaufman, Grayson, Parker, Hood, Johnson and Hunt counties in 2022. teams will lay the fiber in stages beginning in 2022, and company representatives will visit residents and neighborhood associations in the project areas throughout the construction process.

“These communities represent the beginning of our presence in the DFW region,” Old said. “The last two years of navigating the COVID pandemic have made it clear to everyone that reliable high-speed internet is critically important infrastructure in today’s digital world. So Tachus is proud to take this bold step and extend service to underserved areas of the Metroplex.

Tachus has raised more than $190 million in debt and equity to continue to expand its multigenerational communications infrastructure network, the statement said. With capital from its financial sponsor Crosstimbers Capital Group and a syndication of Texas banks, Tachus will more than double its footprint in 2022.

Tachus is proud to have been recognized by CNET in April 2022 as one of the best Internet providers in Houston, and according to Ookla’s findings in Q1 2022, Tachus has the fastest average download speeds in Houston, says the press release. The company also boasts a Net Promoter Score of 84, the highest of any ISP in the United States. Earlier this quarter, Brumfield and Old were named finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Central South Awards program, which is the world’s most prestigious awards program for entrepreneurs.

Residents of Ellis, Denton, Collin, Rockwall, Tarrant, Dallas, Kaufman, Grayson, Parker, Hood, Johnson and Hunt counties who are interested in Tachus Fiber Internet should visit tachuslovestexas.com or call 855-941-2266.

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Readfield town hall to include votes on sports complex and broadband internet service https://throughwalls.net/readfield-town-hall-to-include-votes-on-sports-complex-and-broadband-internet-service/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 19:32:12 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/readfield-town-hall-to-include-votes-on-sports-complex-and-broadband-internet-service/ An artist’s rendering by RS Leonard Landscape Architecture and Main-Land Development Consultants shows a concept plan for the community park and conservation project at Readfield. City residents are expected to vote at Tuesday’s town hall on the $700,000 sports complex proposed for the Church Road exit. Rendered courtesy of the Town of Readfield READFIELD – […]]]>

An artist’s rendering by RS Leonard Landscape Architecture and Main-Land Development Consultants shows a concept plan for the community park and conservation project at Readfield. City residents are expected to vote at Tuesday’s town hall on the $700,000 sports complex proposed for the Church Road exit. Rendered courtesy of the Town of Readfield

READFIELD – A proposal to build a $700,000 sports complex is among the top issues for residents to vote on at Tuesday’s town hall at Kents Hill School’s Harold and Ted Alfond Athletic Center.

The facility, which would be built on the 36-acre Readfield Fairgrounds municipal property off Church Road, would include a softball field near the existing Keene Community Recreation Park ball diamond and a multipurpose court for basketball and pickleball.

The project, intended to create recreational opportunities for residents of all ages, would include amenities, such as a concession stand for community and sporting events. It would also involve digging a well for drinking water and water from the cemetery, and creating a site for portable toilets.

The project would also include converting the existing parking lot on the land to grassland, removing the access road that divides the area of ​​the land, and creating an organized pollinator garden to help sustain the existing life on the land.

Project advocates said they were delighted to see a central location dedicated to recreation and community events, and a place for children to play.

Opponents expressed concern over the potential environmental impact, cost, and proposed location.

In a June 1 letter to the editor, published in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, Readfield resident Greg Durgin said the Readfield Elementary School sports field needed improvement and that it was large enough to accommodate the plan. He said an alternative site, such as the primary school, could save taxpayers a lot of money, while mitigating the environmental impact.

Durgin is a member of the Readfield Trails Committee and the Readfield Conservation Commission, but he said his views are not representative of either group, whose members have differing views on the project.

Bruce Hunter, chairman of the Readfield Conservation Commission, said the group had worked to create a document setting out their concerns about the proposed project, with pros and cons listed at the top.

The Readfield Fairgrounds property near Church Road, which could be the site of new sports grounds, includes walking trails and the Keene Community Recreation Park ball diamond. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Advantages include that the central location would be convenient, two pitches at one location would benefit summer programs, and the combined pitches could be used for other sporting activities, including soccer, or community events, such as Days. heritage or Halloween. The commission is in favor of the project using existing infrastructure.

The downsides include the loss of critical habitat for pollinators and monarch butterflies, which are in serious decline in part due to the loss of critical breeding habitats, such as fairgrounds. Members of the commission are also concerned about the impact on wetlands, available parking capacity, cost of the project and lack of adherence to the town’s fairgrounds management plan and its guidelines for developments. offered.

The commission also cited possible uses for the concession stand, water and electricity that are not compatible with other uses of the fairgrounds.

In their report, commission members said that using existing school land would have less environmental impact and cost less.

City manager Eric Dyer said the elementary school was on a fairly inaccessible road near the outskirts of town. He said there might not be adequate parking and that creating a community recreation area might be an inherent conflict with existing school activities.

“It’s just not the right location, and we have a location in town that sits next to a beautiful trail system and could add value by connecting the existing baseball diamond to create a much-needed multi-purpose space. bigger,” Dyer said. “It’s not that we haven’t considered it an option. We did, but it was just a really bad choice.

“Beyond the fact that we don’t own this property and need to figure out a way to have a management agreement, I’m not even sure we could fit a regulation size softball field there.”

The Readfield Fairgrounds property near Church Road, which could be the site of new sports grounds, includes walking trails and the Keene Community Recreation Park ball diamond. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Dyer said the project would not be a major sports complex. Instead, he said it would be more of a community park, adding that there is habitat for wildlife and the city is working to lessen the environmental impact.

“In my opinion, this is a very, very necessary community project,” he said. “The pandemic has taught us that outdoor recreation in our community is very important.

Hunter said the commission was also concerned about PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” that could be introduced with soil used to level the field area.

“The city agreed to sample the soil for PFAS,” Hunter said, “even though it’s a very difficult compound to sample.”

The project was originally proposed about a year ago, and Hunter said part of a compromise reached between the city and the commission states that the softball field would be rotated to preserve half of the prairie habitat. . The rotation, Hunter said, would also put the land on flatter ground, meaning less backfill would be needed.

The Readfield Trails Committee has agreed not to take an official position on the sports complex because committee members have differing views on the proposal.

“We have decided to leave it up to each member of the trails committee to pursue their interests as they see fit,” said committee chair Robert Peale.

Peale said he supported the proposed project and location.

“I think it’s the right place, personally, because it’s close to school, the beach, and downtown,” Peale said. “It’s as close to being a real neighborhood as anywhere else in Readfield in terms of population density. Readfield has other neighborhoods, but they are much more spread out.

The cost of the project was estimated to be between $500,000 and $700,000, which would be paid over 20 years through a municipal bond. Dyer said the $500,000 estimate had risen to $700,000, with engineers citing increased costs, including fuel.

The question on the mandate of the municipal assembly asks voters if they want to raise up to $500,000 on the proposed project, which would cover most of the cost.

The Readfield Fairgrounds property near Church Road, which could be the site of new sports grounds, includes walking trails and the Keene Community Recreation Park ball diamond. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Dyer said the Land and Water Conservation Fund could offer up to a 50% matching grant, and if the matter is approved, it would show other granting agencies that the city has its matching funds in hand and has stood firm. engaged in the project. .

Voters are also expected to vote on a draft deal with Axiom Technologies on Tuesday. If approved, the city would enter into a two-year construction contract and an operating contract – with an initial term not exceeding 12 years – to create and operate a city-owned fiber to the local network, which would provide high-speed internet access to every home and business in Readfield.

The city would use $135,770 in federal pandemic relief funds and up to $4,864,230 from a previously approved 20-year municipal bond to complete the project.

Residents already approved the city’s ability to raise up to $5 million for high-speed fiber-optic internet at a special town meeting last November.

Dyer said the city envisions this as a public-private partnership, meaning the city would pay for the network the same way it pays for roads. Therefore, residents wishing to register would pay approximately two-thirds of the overall cost of the service.

The proposed rates would range from $40 per month for symmetric 100 Mbps service to $140 per month for 1 Gbps service.

Dyer said that while many residents have internet access, most city residents have connection speeds well below 100 Mbps, which the state is beginning to use as a threshold for reliable internet service.

Because so many residents have slow connection speeds, the city would likely qualify for a grant to help offset some of the costs, according to Dyer.

Residents are also invited to elect two board members for a three-year term. Incumbent Kathryn Woodsum-Mills comes out against challengers Robert Bittar, Steve DeAngelis and Eric Johnson.

And in the race for the Regional School Unit 38 board of trustees, Cristobal Alvarado, Peter Bickerman, Travis Frautten and Rebecca Lambert are vying for a three-year term on the board, while voters can also nominate candidates in writing for fill one out. -, term of two and three years on the school committee.


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Wow, Americans Really Hate Their Internet Service Providers https://throughwalls.net/wow-americans-really-hate-their-internet-service-providers/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 17:00:11 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/wow-americans-really-hate-their-internet-service-providers/ What is happening The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers. why is it important As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, that could change. You […]]]>

What is happening

The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers.

why is it important

As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, that could change.

You know you have a perception problem when your industry has a sadder sight than the US Postal Service or even gas stations. But alas, that’s where ISPs are at this week with the release of the US Customer Satisfaction Index Telecom Study for 2021-2022.

Of more than 45 different industries surveyed (including trades as diverse as food manufacturing, life insurance, airlines, hotels, hospitals, and social media), ISPs come in last for satisfaction customer base, with a rating of 64 on a scale of zero to 100. That’s two points behind the lowest industry (subscription TV services at 66) and a 1.5% loss to the performance of the previous year.

ACSI List of Customer Satisfaction Criteria by Industry (showing ISPs at bottom)

Internet Service Providers come last in ACSI’s list of customer satisfaction by industry.

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sudden link suffered the biggest drop, dropping 4% from last year’s numbers to a score of 53 and putting it firmly at the bottom of the ACSI list, a spot it also held in 2021. In April, Suddenlink’s parent company, Altice USA announced that it will soon rebrand the service to Optimum.

Speaking of Optimum, Altice’s other ISP didn’t do well either. It was second to last on the list with a score of 59. Other vendors that have seen their scores drop year over year include AT&T, CenturyLink and coxswain (all down 3%) and Xfinity (down 1%).

Although Xfinity’s score dropped from 2021, its rating of 66 still topped the industry average of 64. Likewise, AT&T earned a third-place finish with a score of 69, which puts it well above the industry average of 64. above the category average. Yet the decline is surprising, given the commitment of telecoms to expand their fiber network and unveil its new multi-gig speed plans This year.

There were a few bright spots. An eternal favourite, Verizon Fiosstayed ahead and gained a point, moving to 72. Kinetic by Windstream climbed 2%, to a rating of 62. Border Communications made the biggest positive leap, trending up 7% to a score of 61. While still below the industry average, it’s a significant step up from the three-year provider’s previous records with scores of 55, 55, and 57, respectively.

Another noteworthy element of the report is the newcomer T-Mobile Home Internetwhich hit the market in 2021 and debuted second on the list with a score of 71. This bodes well for the fixed wireless option, which uses its 5G and 4G LTE networks to connect homes to the internet. and aims to be a disruptor for traditional broadband providers (the slogan on its site is “Free yourself from Internet BS“). If those scores are any indication, she and other newcomers might have a shot at making it.

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Are you the worst? Internet service providers rank last for customer satisfaction https://throughwalls.net/are-you-the-worst-internet-service-providers-rank-last-for-customer-satisfaction/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/are-you-the-worst-internet-service-providers-rank-last-for-customer-satisfaction/ What is happening The American Customer Satisfaction Index publishes its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers. why is it important As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, could that change? You know […]]]>

What is happening

The American Customer Satisfaction Index publishes its annual survey of Americans’ satisfaction with their Internet service providers.

why is it important

As high-speed connectivity becomes an increasingly integral part of daily work and schooling habits, few ISPs meet our expectations. If we start to see increased competition, could that change?

You know you have a perception problem when your industry has a sadder sight than the US Postal Service or even gas stations. But alas, that’s where internet service providers are on Tuesday with the release of the US Customer Satisfaction Index Telecom Study for 2021-2022.

Among more than 45 different industries surveyed (including occupations as diverse as food manufacturing, life insurance, airlines, hotels, hospitals, and social media), ISPs come in last for satisfaction customer base, with a rating of 64 on a scale of zero to 100. That’s two points behind the lowest industry (subscription TV services at 66) and a 1.5% loss to the performance of the previous year.

ACSI List of Customer Satisfaction Criteria by Industry (showing ISPs at bottom)

Internet Service Providers come last in ACSI’s list of customer satisfaction by industry.

ACSI

sudden link suffered the biggest drop, dropping 4% from last year’s numbers to a score of 53 and putting it firmly at the bottom of the ACSI list, a spot it also held in 2021. In April, Suddenlink’s parent company, Altice USA announced that it will soon rebrand the service to Optimum.

Speaking of Optimum, Altice’s other ISP didn’t do well either. It was second to last on the list with a score of 59. Other vendors that have seen their scores drop year over year include AT&T, CenturyLink and coxswain (all down 3%) and Xfinity (down 1%).

Although Xfinity’s score dropped from 2021, its rating of 66 still topped the industry average of 64. Likewise, AT&T earned a third-place finish with a score of 69, which puts it well above the industry average of 64. above the category average. Yet the decline is surprising, given the commitment of telecoms to expand their fiber network and unveil its new multi-gig speed plans This year.

There were a few bright spots. An eternal favourite, Verizon Fiosstayed ahead and gained a point, moving to 72. Kinetic by Windstream climbed 2%, to a rating of 62. Border Communications made the biggest positive leap, trending up 7% to a score of 61. While still below the industry average, it’s a significant step up from the three-year provider’s previous records with scores of 55, 55, and 57, respectively.

Another noteworthy element of the report is the newcomer T-Mobile Home Internetwhich hit the market in 2021 and debuted second on the list with a score of 71. This bodes well for the fixed wireless option, which uses its 5G and 4G LTE networks to connect homes to the internet. and aims to be a disruptor for traditional broadband providers (the slogan on its site is “Free yourself from Internet BS“). If those scores are any indication, she and other newcomers might have a shot at making it.

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Mauston residents want better internet service; Lynxx presents its fiber optic plan | Juneau County Star Hours https://throughwalls.net/mauston-residents-want-better-internet-service-lynxx-presents-its-fiber-optic-plan-juneau-county-star-hours/ Wed, 25 May 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://throughwalls.net/mauston-residents-want-better-internet-service-lynxx-presents-its-fiber-optic-plan-juneau-county-star-hours/ John GITTING Mauston residents are looking for better options for the area’s internet service, citing issues such as speed, outages and rates. The city received 214 responses to a recent survey on network issues, reliability and options and addressed the topic at its May 24 city council meeting. The majority of responses indicated that the […]]]>

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Mauston residents are looking for better options for the area’s internet service, citing issues such as speed, outages and rates.

The city received 214 responses to a recent survey on network issues, reliability and options and addressed the topic at its May 24 city council meeting. The majority of responses indicated that the area’s Internet service needs improvement. Just over 90% of respondents indicated that they have broadband Internet service and of these, 93% have it through two companies: Frontier Communications and Mediacom.

Just over 58% of survey respondents at least somewhat agreed that an investment of taxpayer dollars should be considered to provide additional home internet provider options, while just over 82% at least somewhat disagreed that they were ‘generally satisfied’ with internet options in the city.

“Usually when you ask how to spend taxpayers’ money, you get an equal number of people who say they agree and an equal number who say they disagree,” he said. Administrator Randy Reeg at the meeting. “I thought it was saying people think we should consider this.”

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Lynxx Networks, a Camp Douglas-based telecommunications provider, proposed a project worth around $5.3 million at the meeting to expand internet options through fiber optics. Chris Heffel, a Lynxx representative, addressed the council and mentioned that the company already serves much of the city’s “essential infrastructure”, including the city’s municipal building. The project proposal stated that, if approved, it would be completed in just over two years.

“We were getting constant calls from residents, so I told Randy we should sit down and discuss whether this is something we should be looking at,” Heffel said of the supply. WAN service. He added that the support was more favorable than he expected.

The fiber project would include more than 1,700 additional locations in Mauston and surrounding townships, including 2,000 to 2,500 apartments, according to Heffel. He added that the project would install 128 miles of fiber, including just over 29 “miles of road,” or under roads, and 99 miles needed to access residences, citing that fibers often have to go to the back of buildings. houses and apartment complexes.

“We’re looking at fiber to the home,” Heffel said. “We do this everywhere in our network. Camp Douglas, New Lisbon, the rural areas we serve. It’s the speed of light. It is the most scalable technology that exists. We have used the same fiber in some areas for decades and plan to use it for many more.

According to the proposal, the new fibers would be installed primarily in the towns of Lisbon and Lemonweir adjacent to Mauston, as well as extended service in the town. Heffel added that the fibers running from the roads to each residence can carry more traffic than anything current Lynxx customers are using.

“This project would bring gigabit Internet to every home already built and ready for 10 gigabit service,” Heffel said. “This fiber-in-the-ground is capable of 100 gigabytes or even more with just a few electronic upgrades.”

After taking into account the number of estimated subscribers, taking the rate (fee per subscriber) and the amount charged per subscriber, Heffel said that Lynxx would not be able to finance the entire project, which is why the company is looking for funds.

The proposal said Lynxx would be able to pay $2,400 per location for the project, leaving a shortfall of $638 that would equate to just over $1.1 million in taxpayer contributions.

“Lynxx is well positioned to be the one to do that,” Heffel said of the fiber optic project.

No decision was made on the project at the meeting, and Reeg said the board would revisit the proposal in the near future.

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