The West Virginia Optimist

can you hear me now?
February 25, 2008, 7:37 pm
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All for the mighty Verizon…

In other business, council approved a lease with Verizon Wireless for space to establish a cell tower.

Mullens said the lease would bring income to the city and improve cellular service for local Verizon customers.

The tower will enhance Verizon customers’ coverage, preventing dead zones and dropped calls.

The $8,400-a-year lease is proposed for a five-year term in exchange for a parcel of land in Little Creek Park containing 10,000 square feet. After the first five-year term, Verizon would be able to sign another lease.

The location was chosen since being the highest elevation on city property.

Mullens said the tower will be as discrete as possible and would not be an eyesore.

from the DailyMail

I understand that land position relative to highways can truly dictate it’s worth when leasing it for cell phone tower use, but come on. My grandmother rents out land to Sprint in rural Maryland for 3 times that amount.  I have to wonder how much that land could have really commanded since Verizon is trying HARD to build out their essentially non-existent wireless network here.

The best thing Verizon Wireless entering the market here in Charleston is that it will kick AT&T’s butt in data speeds…that is until AT&T releases 3G data/voice. Latest word is end of June.


from the VentLine
February 21, 2008, 7:38 am
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ahh, the VentLine. it’s such a train wreck, but much like a real unfortunate mishap, you just can’t stop staring.

I hope the Legislature passes the rule that if you don’t live within the Charleston city limits you don’t pay the user fee. I don’t live in Charleston so why should I support the city?

as a Charleston resident, i’m all for the user fee until the city can find some other way to pay for stuff like roads and cops (of which ALL of the complaining commuters use). until then, its 8 dollars a month…it’s not going to break anyone’s bank account.

Suddenlink to Invest $35Mil in WV
February 20, 2008, 10:20 pm
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from the WV Gazette:

Suddenlink plans to invest $35 million in West Virginia this year.

The money will go toward launching competitive phone service in new markets, increasing Internet speeds and adding more high-definition television channels, according to the company.

Dave Bach, vice president of Suddenlink’s Atlantic region, said the TV, phone and Internet provider also wants to enhance the overall quality and reliability of its services.

St. Louis-based Suddenlink serves about 1.3 million homes nationwide and more than 220,000 in West Virginia.

WOW! With less than qtr of a million subscribers in the state, these upgrades could be MAJOR. Most of the other markets that Suddenlink serves have more HD channels and faster Internet connection speeds (10mbps vs 6mbps), so we’ll see. Eh, who knows, maybe by the time Suddenlink upgrades everything, FiOS will be in Charleston (it’s coming!)

February 18, 2008, 10:30 pm
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R.E.M. – What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

NYC was fanastic. I got to see some more of the low key tourist attractions and meet some wonderful people; including being told by a bum that he hates white people in the middle of Central Park. My response was to nervously laugh and sort of slowly slink away from his screaming. Perhaps one of the more interesting event of the trip was the plane ride back wherein a severely overweight German man (who spoke very little English) had a heart attack at 40,000 feet. Yea, this after being upgraded to first class because he could not fit in a coach seat.

This makes me happy, but I wonder what it will really become of it. I’m very skeptic of those in power to truly deliver broadband to un/under-served areas. It’s especially frustrating because the FCC is rather lax in the criteria used to determine broadband deployment. It only takes ONE ‘broadband’ subscriber in a given ZIP code to allow companies to prove they are serving broadband to that area. The deployment numbers are extremey skewed, especially in rural areas of West Virginia where a business might purchase a T1 (which is upwards of $500/month), yet residents of that same ZIP code can’t get DSL or Cable service. ugh. My solution: WiMAX!

February 9, 2008, 10:30 am
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rachie and davieI’m in NYC…Queens to be exact, visiting my sister. This place is wild and overwhelming, however it’s feels somewhat cocoon-like. Details about the trip to follow, most likely tomorrow after I get home.

February 6, 2008, 8:21 am
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if anyone out there is granting wishes, I have two.

1. This absurd rain needs to stop in Charleston.

2. Obama to win the nomination.