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Local Municipalities Sought To Join Rural Broadband Initiative

January 30, 2017

Local Municipalities Sought To Join Rural Broadband Initiative

A resolution to study and possibly develop high-speed internet in rural Fowlerville has been delivered to local businesses and governmental units, seeking their support. The Fowlerville Rural Broadband Initiative has drafted a resolution stating their belief that the need for high speed internet is “imperative” in rural Fowlerville. The resolution has been sent to Livingston County municipalities, groups and businesses that would benefit from the infrastructure. The committee is asking that the recipients sign the resolution and return it to them by March 1st. Grace Damerow, Technology Director at Fowlerville Community Schools, has helped community members Mary Helfmann and Mike Rife spearhead the movement. Damerow says the resolution would only be a show of support to bring broadband to the area, and that at this time there are no financial commitments attached because it’s unclear what those would be. She tells WHMI once the committee receives the signed resolutions, they can focus on how to make their dream a reality. Damerow acknowledges that funding will be the largest obstacle, but says an investment is worth it because the need for high-speed internet in rural Fowlerville is great. Damerow says from an educational standpoint, the lack of it causes inconsistency for students who learn through online tools at school and then are without them at home.

Damerow says the community’s residents are also at a disadvantage because of the number of services and processes that have been transitioned online partially, if not entirely.

Bodies that do sign the resolution will be showing their support of the Fowlerville Rural Broadband Initiative and its plans to study, recommend and support broadband development. (DK)

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YP Letters: Watchdog lacks teeth on broadband

From: John Seymour, Northfield Court, Church Fenton, Tadcaster. REGARDING your article “Watchdog to tell BT it must legally separate Openreach”. It follows the abysmal failure of Openreach to provide us at Church Fenton with reliable “superfast” broadband (any broadband at present would be welcome).

If your article is correct, and I fear that it is, Ofcom, after much delay and prevaricating, can apparently make a binding legal separation between the BT group and Openreach, although Openreach will still be dependent on BT for funds and investment. In other words, Ofcom has absolutely no teeth to force BT to sell off Openreach. So much for the Tory government promoting competition. They are joking – and looking after big business who provide their funds. Meanwhile, this country’s mainly apathetic population sit back and let it happen!

Volunteers who fought fascism

From: Michael McGowan, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. THIS year is the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 when volunteers from across Europe including from Leeds joined the International Brigade to fight against the fascist dictatorship of General Franco. As the MEP for Leeds in November 1988, I arranged for the Spanish Socialist MEP, Barbara Duhrkop from the Basque country of Spain, to travel to Leeds to unveil a plaque at a ceremony at Leeds Town Hall in honour of the brave Leeds volunteers.

The plaque was then situated near the front entrance of Leeds Town Hall but is now in a much less prominent position in its rather shabby picture frame near the back door of the Town Hall. I would be interested to hear from anyone who believes the bravery of the Leeds members of the International Brigade deserves a more prominent recognition. Bigotry on both sides

From: Qari Asim MBE, Imam, Makkah Mosque, Leeds. AS an independent member of the Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, I am deeply concerned about the rise in anti-Muslim sentiments.

The current spike in anti-Muslim sentiments shown online, on public transport, and on our streets, is sobering and affecting the future of community cohesion in Britain. In a multi-belief and multi-cultural Britain, no one should feel intimidated or threatened because of their faith or lifestyle. The “home-grown” extremists, white fascists, are constantly being radicalised by the neo-Nazi far right-wing ideology.

Isis and Nazi ideology may be completely different, but their method of radicalisation is the same: recruiting vulnerable individuals, with personal grievances online and radicalising them to such a degree that they will commit acts of terror. Unless we treat all acts of terrorism and extremism, hatred and bigotry – on both sides – in the same way and strive for a culture of respect for all, we will not be making our streets any safer. Art of wasting our money

From: Peter Hyde, Driffield. I HAVE to agree with Andrew Bass (The Yorkshire Post, December 8).

Lottery funding going to the ‘arts’ is an utter waste of money, especially when you look at what is considered art by those who select items of ‘art’. I have visited several art galleries and find many of the items utter rubbish with little or no artistic value whatsoever. A five-year-old could do better. The air ambulance saves lives, as do the lifeboats, and yet they have to rely on charity. It does not add up in my estimation.

The Lottery could, and should, make a donation to both of the above to gain some credibility. Rail reality check needed

From: Tony Rignall, The Queensway, Hull. I READ with interest Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s article entitled ‘We can make this a golden era for rail’ (The Yorkshire Post, December 12).

Instead of sitting in his London office dreaming of so-called ‘smart ticketing’ he should instead take a real-life train journey from Selby to Hull, the line on which Mr Grayling ?has just cancelled electrification. There he will find Victorian signalling, manually-operated gates on level crossings, a ?70mph speed limit, and no late-night service for the UK City of Culture 2017. Northern Powerhouse Mr Grayling?

Northern Poorhouse more like. Meaning of hardship

From: Terry Morrell, Prunus Avenue, Willerby. ALTHOUGH I respect the ?Joseph Rowntree Foundation for its work over the years, I find it incredible that there are this many people in poverty.

Having experienced severe financial hardship while ?doing my nurse training and having a small family in the ?60s, I doubt the so-called plight that many ‘workshy’, huge ?TV-watching, alcohol-swilling, coffee house-frequenters ?suffer. Royal future in safe hands

From: Sarah Hogg, Bingley. WELL said Bernard Ingham (The Yorkshire Post, December 7) – Prince Charlies is a credit to the nation and, when the time comes, Camilla should have the title ‘Queen’.

I hope people take heed of your columnist.

Broadband Meeting In Fowlerville Will Refine Supportive Resolution

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Broadband Meeting In Fowlerville Will Refine Supportive Resolution

December 14, 2016

Broadband Meeting In Fowlerville Will Refine Supportive Resolution

The public is invited to attend a community meeting in Fowlerville tonight to discuss and finalize a resolution supporting better internet coverage in rural areas. The Rural Broadband Initiative is a movement focused on what can be done to build better internet coverage in rural communities. The initiative is built on the belief that broadband internet access is imperative to enhancing the overall quality of life and will increase property values, which has led some municipalities to consider creating their own networks. Broadband internet access for rural communities requires financing at a local level because there is no funding available in Lansing to support it, according to past remarks from state representatives. The Rural Fowlerville Broadband Initiative Group will hold a work session at Fowlerville High School this evening in the Media Center/Library beginning at 7pm. There, a template resolution in support of the initiative will be edited and refined, and then delivered to all stakeholder organizations. Handy Township discussed the incomplete draft resolution at their board meeting last night, but Supervisor Ed Alverson’s thoughts on the matter haven’t changed much since the initiative was first introduced several months ago.

The group is looking for funding sources and Alverson says, “It’d be one thing for Handy Township to support a resolution, but there is no money” to help fund the endeavor. (DK)

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