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City Drags Feet On Creation Of Broadband Committee

This is an update on the selection of the Broadband Advisory Group. A few days ago, I was informed by Public Works Director Eric Johnston that selection of this group, originally slated for October 1st, was slowed down, partially because all the consulting firms the city approached to help them choose members declined to help them with this or any other telecom resolutions, documentation, etc. I am sure that with all the corruption surrounding telecom in Bellingham, no firm wants their name attached to the COB and telecom right now. Would you want to help Eric set up a sham broadband committee to protect big telecom when the pandemic has made the need for fiber so clear? I found out that behind the scene, some people were directly asked to apply to the group. I’m sure this included Eric stacking the deck with pro-big-telecom people. Still, Mayor Fleetwood promised us he would be choosing the members, and only 28 people applied. How hard can this be? So what happened? The city has no further comment on the topic. So I am asking, again, that you contact them. Contact info is below.

And in case you’re wondering, the county is in on the incompetence, mismanagement, and corruption too, via backdoor deals the public was not allowed to comment on. My latest article is included in this update and shows real load test data. You know, like the COB, state and federal governments intentionally don’t use to test big telecom connections. The county handed nearly $1 million almost entirely to big telecom, for inadequate solutions that won’t be ready until next month in most cases. So, by the time most people even benefit from this inadequate deal, about 230 days will have passed since the quarantine started. This $1 million could have paid for about five miles of conduit with 144-count fiber, at Mount Vernon installation rates, and any hotspots hooked up to it could have been provided for free to the public from then on.

Bellingham Public Schools are going to finally allow their sites to be used as safe internet cafes for a very limited number of people, something we suggested in April and offered to help setup. Yet they are still resisting putting up external wireless hotspots like Whatcom Community College and the city libraries have done. To be clear, it’s not a funding issue.


[City Contact Info: smfleetwood@cob.org, ecjohnston@cob.org and ccmail@cob.org

County Contact Info: council@co.whatcom.wa.us and SSidhu@co.whatcom.wa.us]

City Drags Feet On Creation Of Broadband Committee

By Jon HumphreyOn Oct 18, 2020

This is an update on the selection of the Broadband Advisory Group. A few days ago, I was informed by Public Works Director Eric Johnston that selection of this group, [...]

Obamacare on the Block - What will Trumpcare look like?

By David CampOn Nov 16, 2016

President Obama’s signature accomplishment, the corporatist version of universal healthcare, is going to be “repealed and replaced” under the Trump administration. Obamacare, aka Romneycare, is already a Neocon plan- [...]

Just So You Know…

By Deb GaberOn Aug 29, 2016

A recent experiment testing the effects of marijuana on lab rats at the University of British Columbia has revealed that rodents tend to become too lazy to bother with difficult [...]

Voting: Thoughts on Some Election Choices

By John ServaisOn Oct 19, 2020

Some issues and candidate races can be difficult to decipher. Who is really progressive and who is pretending? I’ve compared notes with some political junkie friends for this article, [...]

The Last Stand

By David A. SwansonOn Oct 17, 2020

Beneath this mask is more than flesh. Beneath this mask is an idea, Mr Creedy. And ideas are bulletproof [This article has a co-author, Eric Tyberg, a retired IT executive [...]

4 comments, most recent 15 hours ago

WWU Plans For Winter Quarter Beginning January 5th

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 17, 2020

The president of Western Washington University (WWU), Dr. Sabah Randhawa, has announced in a Campus Advisory (see email below) that the winter quarter beginning on January 5th will be structured [...]

Letter: Supporting Ferndale School Levy

By Letter WriterOn Oct 13, 2020

I would like to share my support for the Ferndale School District request to voters to pass the operations levy on November 3. The District has already lowered the levy rate [...]

Letter: Christine Grant for PUD Commissioner

By Letter WriterOn Oct 12, 2020

To the Editor: I am writing to urge readers to support Christine Grant for Whatcom County Public Utility District Commissioner. Among all the races on the 2020 ballot, this is among [...]

The Pandemic and Our Erratic Leader

By Michael RiordanOn Oct 10, 2020

With regard to the ghastly coronavirus pandemic, President Donald J. Trump is a colossal failure who just cannot admit failure and therefore needs to create his own alternative reality to [...]

Changing Bellingham’s Definition Of “Family”

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 09, 2020

The Bellingham Planning Commission has just taken up the issue of changing, modifying, or eliminating the definition of “family” under the city’s zoning codes. Their first work session was [...]

4 comments, most recent 1 week ago

Secret Telecom Lovers

By Jon HumphreyOn Oct 07, 2020

As I write this article I am reminded of two songs. The first being, “The Room Where It Happens,” from Hamilton. Which describes how meetings actually happen among our leaders, [...]

Damn It!  He Ain’t My Commander in Chief

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 06, 2020

And he isn’t yours either, if you are among the 99% of the U.S. population who are not in the armed forces. But I see and hear the expression [...]

10 comments, most recent 1 week ago

A Doorway Home

By Guest WriterOn Oct 03, 2020

JC Mansfield guest writes. She has resided in Bellingham for 22 years as a mom and artist, working in childcare and bookkeeping. She is BTC alumna, AAS - Legal & Administrative [...]

1 comment, most recent 1 week ago

Musical Chairs At The Planning Commission

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 02, 2020

[Update. 9:00am, October 4th: MacKenzie Graham will leave the Planning Commission at the end of 2020.] As I explained in my article on September 17th (Planning Commission To Have Four Vacancies), [...]

2 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago

Vote Pellicciotti For State Treasurer - Important

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 28, 2020

“The Washington Treasurer is a state executive position in the Washington state government. As the state’s chief financial office, the treasurer manages the cash flow, investments, and debt of [...]

2 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago

The Pandemic and the Presidency

By Michael RiordanOn Sep 25, 2020

In early January 2018, Bill Clinton’s science adviser Neal F. Lane and I published a New York Times opinion column titled, “The President’s Disdain for Science,” which began, “Since [...]

11 comments, most recent 1 week ago

Some Thoughts On Policing

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 23, 2020

This is offered in a spirit of understanding and not condemnation of the Bellingham Police Force nor of those who seek to change its methods of operation from within or [...]

6 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago

Updates: Cougar Trapping ... Maybe

By John ServaisOn Sep 23, 2020

These are followups to the Sun, Sep 13, article “Cougar Trapping ... Maybe”. - - - - - 4th Update: Wed, Sep 23, 8:30 pm A cougar - probably the same one - got [...]

4 comments, most recent 1 month ago

Planning Commission To Have Four Vacancies

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 17, 2020

Three appointments expire Jan 1, 2021 The Bellingham Planning Commission (PC) is about to have four vacancies, out of a seven-member panel, that need to be filled by January 1st. (See PC [...]

1 comment, most recent 1 month ago

Cougar Trapping ... Maybe

By John ServaisOn Sep 13, 2020

Normally cougars in Bellingham residential areas are only after deer, especially fawns. Our city is over-run with deer, to the degree that no successful garden is without a tall fence [...]

1 comment, most recent 1 month ago