- Mayor Susan Klutz of Salisbury Discusses Fibrant and Bad Precedent of Changing the Rules After They Built Their Network
- President of Board for North Hills Christian Schools That Recently Sought Voluntary Annexation to Salisbury for Fibrant Network
- Small Business Owner Describes Horror of Dealing with Time Warner Cable and Great Experience Dealing with Publicly Owned Fibrant
- State Treasurer's Office Says H129 Threatens Future Economic Development and Fiscal Health
- BB&T Bank: This is an Economic Development Issue. H129 Should Fully Exempt Existing Networks
- Wilson City Manager: They Wanted a Public/Private Partnership but Embarq Changed Its Mind. H129 Does Not Exempt Existing Nets
- Wilson Fire Department: Wilson's Greenlight Network Gives Them Far Better Capacity to Protect City.
- Wilson Police Department: Concerned How Other Jurisdictions Can Duplicate Wilson Successes if They Cannot Build Similar Networks
- Fayetteville Has 240 Miles of Fiber That Helped Economic Development - This Bill Hurt Their Ability to Use Their Investment
- Orange County Resident Explains Inadequacies of NC Broadband Map; Private Companies Pretend to Serve His Neighborhood But Do Not
- Full Public Comment Period [30 MB]
We have again isolated individual comments from the arguments around Time Warner Cable's bill to strip local authorities of the right to build broadband networks vastly superior to their services. On April 13, the Senate Finance Committee allowed public comment on TWC's H129 bill. Craig Settles has posted an extended story about a small business struggling to get by with the existing paucity of service in her community.
There was no hope that I could efficiently communicate, collaborate, and share online documents and applications with clients and peer professionals. I couldn’t even buy a functional phone line. For years I paid for a level of service from Centurylink that I can only describe as absolutely embarrassing.
This bill will make it vastly harder, if not impossible, for communities to build the necessary infrastructure to succeed in the digital economy. Listening to those pushing the bill, it is very clear they have no conception of the vast difference between barely broadband DSL from CenturyLink and Wilson's Greenlight community fiber network -- essentially the difference between a hang glider and a Boeing 747. And many in North Carolina don't even have access to the hang glider! Yet the Legislature cares more about protecting the monopoly of powerful companies that contribute to their campaigns than ensuring all residents and businesses have access to the fast, affordable, and reliable broadband they need to flourish.
Thanks to Voter Radio for making audio from the hearing available. Each of the following comments is approximately 2 minutes long.