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About Jon Humphrey

Jon Humphrey is currently a music educator in Bellingham and very active in the community. He also has decades of professional IT experience including everything from support to development. He considers Bellingham to be the best place he has ever lived and has been here for over 8 years now. He has been interested in technology, music, and science since he was very young and holds a degree in Music Production/Technology from the prestigious Hartt School. He started writing for his high school newspaper and has even published a sci-fi novel on Amazon. Aside from his above interests, Jon spends his time repairing electronics and cars, hiking, diving, and motorcycling. He is a well known figure in the Open Source and Retro Gaming communities and does what he can to support them. He also cares very much about the environment, homelessness, and digital divide issues and does what he can on those fronts too.

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Articles by Jon Humphrey

Appealing Voodoo Economics Housing Values

By Jon HumphreyOn Jan 02, 2019

Years ago, the first time my property value was raised, I wrote to the assessor about it. The reply I received was essentially a “canned answer.” I pressed and asked [...]

Preliminary RF Exposure Tests

By Jon HumphreyOn Dec 04, 2018

Before I start this article, it is important for us to define what the maximum safe exposure limits are for radio frequency (RF) energy, not just in the United States ([...]

November 5th Existing Network Meeting (COB’s Mansplaining)

By Jon HumphreyOn Nov 07, 2018

Above is a map from an article showing how much money politicians get from big telecoms in general. Why it is a map made at the state level, I think [...]

Atul Deshmane: Public Utility District 1, Commissioner District 2

By Jon HumphreyOn Oct 25, 2018

A very important, yet often overlooked position is on your ballot this fall. It is for PUD (Public Utility District) District 1, Commissioner 2. Why is it so important? Well, because the [...]

Whatcom Regional Transportation Study (Deeply Flawed)

By Jon HumphreyOn Oct 03, 2018

It has been said before, for good reason, that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. I am happy to say that my collegiate journeys took me down many interesting [...]

AT&T FirstNet (The Stasi Information Super Highway?)

By Jon HumphreyOn Aug 04, 2018

In the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks an understandably angry, grief stricken, nation would rush to try and figure out what went wrong. Predatory people and companies would [...]

Small Cell Shenanigans

By Jon HumphreyOn Jul 19, 2018

I’ll start this article with the two most laughable things to come out of the recently released documents for the telecom discussions this Monday. Most of the discussion in [...]

Public Works Doesn’t Care What You Say

By Jon HumphreyOn Jul 12, 2018

Update: 7/14/2018: Shortly after releasing this article I received the “draft that supposedly did not exist” from Eric Johnston at public works with a request for my input. The document, is [...]

Dig Once Updates

By Jon HumphreyOn May 21, 2018

Before talking specifically about the heroic efforts of your fellow citizens to bring Bellingham into the 21st Century, it is necessary to start with some history of how hard Public [...]

Big Telecom Low-Income Connections are a Joke

By Jon HumphreyOn May 16, 2018

Let me start this article with the last sentence. With public infrastructure, like a Dig Once Policy, we can provide real low-income connections at a lower price and in some [...]

Ghosts of Maps Past (A Journey Though COBs Inadequate Fiber Maps)

By Jon HumphreyOn Apr 19, 2018

I know, I’ve produced a few maps for your consideration throughout this process. The first “GIS” map I received had the word approximate at the bottom of it. I [...]

12 Questions (Gene Knutson Interview)

By Jon HumphreyOn Apr 03, 2018

I am very pleased to say that Gene is the 2nd council member to sit down face to face with me for this interview. As of now, Gene and Michael [...]

5G and Why We Still Need Public Fiber

By Jon HumphreyOn Mar 27, 2018

I want you to try and think of telecommunications networks the same way you think of the network involved in the circulatory system in the body. With fiber-optic cabling making [...]

12 Questions (Michael Lilliquist Interview)

By Jon HumphreyOn Mar 10, 2018

This is the first of what I hope will be a series where I ask our council members, and the mayor, the same questions and can post their responses. I [...]

COB Broadband Back To The 80s

By Jon HumphreyOn Feb 13, 2018

Let me start by stating up-front that I am working on public fiber as a volunteer and my interest has no financial benefit to me. I actually want what’s [...]

Public Internet Fiber for Bellingham: A Local Answer to Net Neutrality Loss

By Jon HumphreyOn Dec 18, 2017

I am happy to announce that on November 13th Mark Gardner, the city’s policy analyst, finally released his report about public fiber to the council. Gardner presented this report [...]

Case for Public Owned Internet Fiber System

By Jon HumphreyOn Jul 20, 2017

Bandwidth is now an essential commodity, in the same category as electricity, water and sewer. Next-generation tech infrastructure is the only way Bellingham can hope to be the home of [...]

COB Produces Elementary School Level Dig Once Draft

By Jon HumphreyOn Jan 10, 2019

I don’t want to always paint the picture that nothing good is going on with public broadband. I am happy to report that both the Port and PUD have [...]

Real 5G Concerns

By Jon HumphreyOn Oct 20, 2018

We have to do 5G, the White House and FCC scream. We have to keep up with China! It will solve the problems with broadband in rural areas! It will [...]

AT&T and the COB (Partners in Corporate Welfare)

By Jon HumphreyOn Sep 30, 2018

I’ll start this article by blowing out of the water the safety argument made by our council, mayor and public works for the gift of almost $1 million dollars to [...]

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