I canceled the costly UNIX server, and collapsed everything (well almost) into one giant-f’n blog. It will take a while to get things organized with a new content management system. All of the thinking, writing, mine, yours and the people we read and respect are here some place. Thanks for the recommendations.  The categories on Sampler1 read “my neighborhood” and “internet.”

SamplerI: Internet

I canceled the costly UNIX server, and collapsed everything (well almost) into one giant-f’n blog. It will take a while to get things organized with a new content management system. All of the thinking, writing, mine, yours and the people we read and respect are here some place. Thanks for the recommendations.  The categories on … Continue reading SamplerI: Internet

New Building on 21st

A 222 East 21st Street or 571 Ocean Avenue:In a brief look at past work of this developer and architect, there are concerns regarding the use of materials and the lack of detailing and the possibility that a brick façade and other contextual elements will be poorly done. If you are interested in doing some … Continue reading New Building on 21st

IP Chill

If you openly don’t like 45 online, this guy wants your IP Address and the details of what you do not like.  The chilling details of the warrant in these two stories are worthy of following. thanks for picking this one up…. the two-way WARRANT BREAKING NEWS FROM NPR August 15, 2017 DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump … Continue reading IP Chill

A Better Deal

The total estimated annual payroll for seven Congressional Districts with significant employment in health care and social assistance is just over $275 billion.    This draft was edited thanks to a little help (March 2018)  This is a damn complicated issue. A look at the details by Congressional District exposes weaknesses in the strategy of … Continue reading A Better Deal

Privacy

So what, if a few people get stopped and if they refuse to respond to a lawful order to give up the data on their phones (little computers really). If you do, you can be detained for because you gave them reasonable suspicion. (Catch 22s are real.) You say I’ll give my phone up with … Continue reading Privacy

Wireline 2017

It was a busy April morning in 2017 when three clean, Verizon Cable trucks rolled onto the Terraces with a bunch of scrappy linemen eager to drag us into the twenty-first century. Data-structure, Inc. was just leaving, and it seemed very appropriate to re-read their motto, “You deserve peace of mind.” All of our right-of-way … Continue reading Wireline 2017

Survey Visit

    Byers Engineering Company 285 Davidson Ave., Suite 203 Somerset, NJ 08873-4153 Survey visit “for right of way” occured again on August 20, 2015 with a drop by visit from Chris Wojtowicz of Byers Engineering  He confirmed Verizon’s Engineer, Wasserman’s opinion that a Fiber line presented along the roof-top gutter was the best option. See … Continue reading Survey Visit

What to Expect

I’ll believe it when I see it. Expectations are difficult to manage and different for everyone as everyone needs will vary. I found this presentation to be one the few YouTube presentations that describe the FiOS installation process in a pleasant way. If you come across any others that might be helpful, I’ll put them … Continue reading What to Expect

Verifiable Verizon

Using this NYC Complaint Link I requested help in contacting Verizon regarding service. I received the following letter. I am flabbergasted beyond belief.   Dear Mr. Curry, The local team has confirmed that Verizon has obtained all the necessary rights of way and secured 53 permits to bring Fios service to your address.  Design plans have been … Continue reading Verifiable Verizon

Verizon’s Political Contributions

The Center for Responsive Politics keeps a record of corporate dollars for political representatives. The table and map (below) looks at the House of Representatives for Brooklyn and surroundings. AKNA’s representative is Yvette Clarke (D-NY District 9, First elected 2006, election 2016 (won) next election November 6, 2018. She serves on two committees: Energy and Commerce and Small … Continue reading Verizon’s Political Contributions

Verizon Timeline

The strike over the next few weeks is as good a reason to begin the clock on how long it will take to get high speed service following the completion of the AKNA end of the process.  The main question is simple.  How long will it take? The clock is ticking. By The Associated Press: April … Continue reading Verizon Timeline

VZ Engineering (Com-Hydra)

VZ Engineering is known to be terrible and likely to be the only Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) that decides not to upgrade a single strand of wire and resist the placement of fiber.  The proof is in, and 30% to 60% of the old network rots. Decades of unmaintained, old copper lies struggling to … Continue reading VZ Engineering (Com-Hydra)

Community Forum 11.17.15

On November 17, 2015, AKNA attended the FiOS Rollout Forum conducted by Common Cause NY led by Susan Lerner, and the Consumers Union led by Charles Bell. Public forums are one of the ways to hold Verizon NY (VNY) and Verizon Communications, Inc. accountable to their franchise agreement with NYC in compliance with FCC regulations. … Continue reading Community Forum 11.17.15

#WAITING4FIOS

#WAITING4FIOS  In 2008, Verizon promised the people of New York City that it would wire all corners of the city with high speed fiber optic cable, bringing competition to internet, video and phone service in New York City in order to improve service and bring down prices. Verizon promised to make high speed reliable and … Continue reading #WAITING4FIOS

City Council Hearing

The whole council hearing was slow and inept because our Council Members, like NYC Members of Congress, get a few bucks from Verizon, etc. as well. Nevertheless, Councilmember Brad Lander (“Spanky”) managed to get to the point.  (Look up your City Councilmember funding from Verizon?) Testimony to the Public Service Commission (PSC) is here

Resident Survey

The AKNA IT project will produce choice for affordable communication services. Without choice selecting affordable options for these services are unlikely if not impossible. Thank you for responding.

AKNA Mail 2

We began this project in June 2015 following a visit from Chris Wasserman, Verizon Engineer.  He agreed to answer any question.  We sent four in July 26, 2015.  He responded August 12, 2015. From: Wasserman, Christopher Sent: Wed August 12, 2015 11:51 AM To: Rex Curry Subject: Albemarle Questions What will the installation cost anything?  … Continue reading AKNA Mail 2

AKNA Mail 1

Letters to Verizon and our political representatives were mailed 7.17.2015 The image above represents our first set of formal letters to Verizon officials and AKNA political representatives. We shall see if a response occurs and report them in future posts. (See ongoing communication with V-Engineer here. The correspondence went to Verizon’s engineering staff, the heads … Continue reading AKNA Mail 1

Coorespondence

The following is best summed up in this “City Council” post . Did anyone else complain or ask for accountability from Verizon who pays its CEO $30 million a year?  I know, you’re afraid the big bad V will take your smart phones away. Really? By the way, if you did and you have correspondence … Continue reading Coorespondence

SandyNet of Sandy, OR

Sandy, Oregon is a rural town of 3600, so they don’t have a whole lot in common with our neighborhood when it comes to information infrastructure. But they did get fed up with ISPs who refused to run a broadband data line to their town hall, and built their own Gigabit fiber network, available to citizens at $40 or … Continue reading SandyNet of Sandy, OR

Susan Crawford

This is not about us. The most important hour you can spend on this issue is with Susan Crawford. Here’s why: Americans need a fast, reliable Internet. They are not getting it. The market has failed to supply this new, but basic need. A utility model will make it available at reasonable prices for all. Public pressure … Continue reading Susan Crawford

Resources

This is an outreach page. It will list people and organizations who are leading the way for reliable and affordable access to the Internet. Suggestions and comments to improve the resource page are welcome. This outfit works for a free and open internet.  They work in support of ISOC, to assure the beneficial, open evolution of … Continue reading Resources

DoITT Report Summary

The findings of the report are as follows: Verizon is not in compliance with its agreement since it has not truly “passed” all residential households in New York City. The report states, “…the argument that “passing” a premises with fiber optic cable includes no requirement of any proximity to that premises is manifestly untenable. At … Continue reading DoITT Report Summary

Call to Action

  The approximate FiOS footprint in four of NYC’s 5 boroughs as of June 30, 2014 (via the Broadband Map) Brooklyn and the AKNA area is highlighted (right) A letter to our representatives in the City Council and U.S. Congress is being prepared. It will call their attention to this website resource and cover the … Continue reading Call to Action

Wired and Wireless

The language of telecommunications takes some getting used to, so here is a brief summary of the basics. Line Technologies are: Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) is the “Gold Standard” in broadband technology. FTTP is the most expensive to deploy, but can deliver consistently high speeds reaching 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mbps) and higher. The companies … Continue reading Wired and Wireless

Investigations

The videos posted below were taken just for fun… But, then again they are a record of the existing and rapidly deteriorating condition of our 19th c. phone lines.  Don’t get me wrong, this copper is important to us, it remains available for communication during power outages, it is reliable if it is well maintained, so … Continue reading Investigations

DoITT Slams Verizon

DoITT is the agency responsible for a level of review.  Please volunteer to delve into its mysteries and possible service to AKNA. Here is a link:   Website: DoITT June 18, 2014  DoITT Report Slams Verizon The New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) June 18, 2015 report analyzed Verizon’s FiOS service in New … Continue reading DoITT Slams Verizon

Are We Throttled?

Will The V-Shoe Drop? An excellent Wikipedia summary of Bandwidth throttling describes the intentional slowing of Internet service by an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Throttling can occur at different locations on a network for good reasons such as the prevention of crashing. New “net neutrality” rules by the FCC aim at ending the slowly developing practice of … Continue reading Are We Throttled?

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