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Comment Re:This is evil! (Score 1) 90

The public is going to be mercilessly taxed to provide themselves with high-speed internet, and the cost will be entirely on the people who benefit!

This failed in Chattanooga, in North Carolina, and everywhere else it has been tried!

I can guarantee it will not fail in Leverett, MA

83% of the town voted yes for the tax increase to build the network
75% of the town signed up for service before the network was built
82% of the town is signed up now as the network is in its final stages of construction

The network has tremendous support from the residents. The ISP is a local company that has been providing ISP services in the area for 20+ years

$75/month for 1gbps is a great price IMHO
$95/month for 1gbps & unlimited phone service is a great price

The remaining towns should be so lucky to follow in Leveretts footsteps.
Video can be streamed when you have a lot of bandwidth

Comment Re:This is evil! (Score 1) 90

The public is going to be mercilessly taxed to provide themselves with high-speed internet, and the cost will be entirely on the people who benefit!

Your sarcasm aside, from TFA it looks like the town in question borrowed ~$1900 per person (NOT per household) to put in the system. They'll get that back with taxes eventually, but it's not clear whether the taxes will be on the locals or Statewide. Assuming a five year note, average household size of four, and the costs paid entirely by the locals, that should about double the $65/month that is the nominal cost of the system.

In addition, the Federal government (that's the rest of us in the USA) are going to cover ~$90M of the cost. Since the $90M covers multiple towns in the region, it's impossible to say how much the total cost of the system will be.

The Active Ethernet Fiber network in Leverett is paid for through property tax of the residents. State & Federal funds were not used for the construction. Operating costs of the network are paid by subscribers through the Municipal Light Plant fee (currently $49.95/month)

Residents in Leverett are now receiving 1gbps of Internet for $75/month, it is expected to decrease to $70/month by the end of the year.

The Internet service is $24.95 to the ISP and $49.95 to the Municipal Light Plant. The ISP is a locally owned and operated ISP that has been in business in the area for 20+ years.

The remaining towns are raising 2/3rds of the money needed for their parts of the network through local property taxes. The remaining 1/3 is from a $40 Million state grant. No federal funds will be used to construct the network in the remaining towns.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 162

Assets seized during a drug bust go to the arresting agency. In this case the FBI gets the asset (bitcoin) which they can do anything they want with. Assuming they have the private key and/or they have brute forced the private key password. They can convert the coins to dollars. Dumping 144k coins into the market will decimate the market price so they will have to do it slowly. They will probably use the money to buy more Bearcats for domestic oppression.

Comment A few ideas (Score 1) 301

Just look at your job as anyone else who is not a sysadmin would look at his job. I mean: what is your goal? Then answer:

Did you reach your goal? If yes/no; what's your progress?
What are your next goals? Do you have the manpower, being on your own? How long will it take? How's the planning going along?
How is the system doing on a technical level? Is it fast enough? Room for improvements? Is the security up to par with todays threats? And how do you keep up with the latest IT developments and security threads?
How is the system doing for personel? Is everybody satisfied? Room for improvements there? Etc.
Is the system 100% fit for its purpose? Is it still functioning well enough? Do you need hardware upgrades? Etc.

Awnser these questions in a nice format. Google a status report format that is NOT an IT status report and use that one. Finally give it to the person. Just ask him if he wants a monthly or quarterly status report.

That should get you going.

PS: Do not report on anything too technical like "Our BLT drive just went AWOL" and you should be fine ;)

Comment Re:What's in it? (Score 1) 1698

Many health care facilities are losing money now. Some have folded because they could not pay their bills. (Please note that while the law requires hospitals to provide services to those who can't pay, it does not guarantee payment.) By feeding in more patients, the errors will increase. Errors lead to malpractice lawsuits. Lawsuits increase liability insurance premiums to the extent that some just can't make a go of it.
Without tort reform, this pattern will not change. It will only get worse.
The sad part is that the hospitals with the highest percent of non-paying patients are the ones that are in greatest jeopardy of closing.

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