A light at the end of the fiber?

Back in June, we realized that our network was growing so aggressively that we needed to make immediate plans to increase our bandwidth to the greater Internet.

After assessing our options, and losing a bid to gain our additional bandwidth at a tower on the Morristown end of our network (which we would have preferred just for the redundancy), we placed an order in mid-July with CenturyLink, our current bandwidth provider, to double our gateway bandwidth in Wickenburg as soon as possible.

It took CenturyLink until late August even to give us an installation completion target date: October 27. The date was a source of anxiety to us, as we expected a much more timely completion and feared that our subscribers might well be “hitting the wall” by that time.

The October estimate turned out to be a pleasant fantasy, as after October 8 all CenturyLink progress came to an abrupt halt. As of last week (Christmas), dirt was still being pushed around at various downtown intersections in an attempt to get our new fiber laid. Meanwhile, our subscribers began topping out our gateway during the “Netflix Hour” by the last week of October, and throughout much of the rest of the day a month after that.

Today (New Year’s Eve), we were informed by CenturyLink that their fiber laying and splicing work is finally complete, and now we are to wait to be contacted by a technician “sometime in the next few days” to schedule equipment installation.

Here’s fervently hoping we will be able to wave goodbye to our bandwidth congestion problems by mid-January. We apologize for any sluggish response times you have been encountering, and we appreciate your patience while we work this upgrade to completion.

Tax-free Internet still in trouble

As we mentioned in our last posting, states and localities are still pulling at the leash to add new telephone-style taxes into your internet service.  The expected tax in Arizona would be about 12%.

The House has already approved renewal of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, but the law is in trouble in the Senate. Instead of voting the act up or down last Friday, as scheduled, our senators voted to kick the can a few feet down the road by approving a weak five-day extension of the original expiration date.  That reprieve ends tomorrow (Wednesday).

If you haven’t yet instructed your Senator to renew the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act permanently, please do so today.  It only takes a few clicks.  Thank you.

Tax-free Internet expires tonight…

internet-taxes…unless Congress votes to renew it, which is looking questionable.

The recent FCC reclassification of the Internet under so-called “net neutrality” regulations allows states and localities to levy new phone-style taxes onto internet service contracts, once the current federal prohibition against such taxes expires tomorrow. The expected tax in Arizona would be roughly 12%.

Please take a moment to visit this website, where with just a couple clicks you can instruct your federal legislators to vote to renew the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.

The vote is tomorrow (Friday).  Please send your messages today.