Verizon boosts rural broadband access

Verizon boosts rural broadband access

There are 13 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Aug 29, 2008, titled Verizon boosts rural broadband access. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

According to officials at Verizon, the surf is now up in nine more rural Western Massachusetts communities.

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chipper

Springfield, MA

#1 Aug 29, 2008
SIX paragraphs in before the writer tells us what towns!!!

Readers get to learn how MUCH it costs before they are treated to the real info.

WHO edits this?

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#2 Aug 29, 2008
We pay the same rates as communities with DSL service so we should get the same services. It is about time verizon followed through.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#3 Aug 29, 2008
Blandford, Becket, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, New Marlborough, Sandisfield, Tolland and Washington.
Meanwhile phone service in Hancock is failing.
Lenny

Adams, MA

#4 Aug 29, 2008
chipper wrote:
SIX paragraphs in before the writer tells us what towns!!!
Readers get to learn how MUCH it costs before they are treated to the real info.
WHO edits this?
Gawd, that was painful.

Seriously, Eagle, get with it.
nannystate brat

Chatham, NY

#5 Aug 29, 2008
Swinson wrote:
Blandford, Becket, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, New Marlborough, Sandisfield, Tolland and Washington.
Meanwhile phone service in Hancock is failing.
Phone still works so does DSL just pay the same as Pittsfield residents who have 3 times the download speed with DSL.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#6 Aug 29, 2008
nannystate brat wrote:
<quoted text>
Phone still works so does DSL just pay the same as Pittsfield residents who have 3 times the download speed with DSL.
Actually I've been tot he meetings and been on site when several locals showed the Lt. Gov how poor their phone service was.

Since: Mar 08

Pittsfield, MA

#7 Aug 29, 2008
Unbelievable, these sticks dwellers complain about not having 'big city' amenities...boo hoo. Why don't they worry about something needed in Cummington, like grocery store? No, that would make too much sense!
mike

Northville, NY

#8 Aug 30, 2008
it sure sounds like those countys outside of pittsfield are going to finally have broadband.but dsl isnt that good,because if your to far from where its located,then you lose your broadband connection as it states in the story.because it mentions if your more than 3 miles away from where that dsl is located thats giving you broadband thru the phone lines,then you wont have broadband,this has been known for the past 7 years.but thats cool verizon hooked up those people in those rural areas north of pittsfield and east of and southeast of pittsfield in those towns that will know have dsl.but so far,i dont see anything here in the story that mentions pittsfield will be having fiostv and internet installed in the area.i have noticed in verizon news that they are installing fiber optics from eastern ma into central ma.plus western and central ny.and in nyc and long island.because verizon is installing fiber optics in both directions getting closer and closer to my area.so i would think that verizon would be installing the fiber optics here in pittsfield pretty soon to have fiostv and internet
mike

Northville, NY

#9 Aug 30, 2008
He Who Cannot Be Named wrote:
Unbelievable, these sticks dwellers complain about not having 'big city' amenities...boo hoo. Why don't they worry about something needed in Cummington, like grocery store? No, that would make too much sense!
they dont need a grocery store in cummington,they can go out hunting in the woods and shoot some deer,wolves,bears and what have you lol.then bring it back to the cabin and cook it up with peas and corn you got from your garden
He Who Should Shut Up

Adams, MA

#10 Aug 30, 2008
He Who Cannot Be Named wrote:
Unbelievable, these sticks dwellers complain about not having 'big city' amenities...boo hoo. Why don't they worry about something needed in Cummington, like grocery store? No, that would make too much sense!
What? Obviously you are just trolling. That or you preferred the USSR to Russia.
Are you really saying that the poor and uneducated people stuck in the city should get the internet and not the more well-to-do and more productive citizens who can afford a better lifestyle.
You sure do embrace communism.
John W

Little Valley, NY

#11 Aug 30, 2008
Why isn't Alford on that list? I dream of having high speed internet here but have to settle with crappy satellite internet
Lynn W

United States

#12 Aug 30, 2008
My question is - since when did The Eagle become a PR arm for Verizon?

There's one reason and one reason ONLY Verizon is doing this - because the $40M state bill to bring broadand to rural Mass WAS NOT GOING TO INVEST in obsolete technologies like DSL. Verizon needed to beat the state program here and foist off all their used DSL equipment that has been replaced by fiber in the Eastern part of the state. I guess they think us hicks should be grateful for a 2nd rate technology that is 100x slower than fiber and in a couple of years will slow to a crawl as web traffic picks up and users begin to download movies, TV etc.

This is incredibly POOR journalism. Basically they have said to Verizon "what do you want us to print?. To take random quotes from Dubendorf to make it sound like he's endorsing it is really low.

Thanks for nothing Verizon, and thanks to the Eagle for acting in Verizon's interests instead of the citizens. Hope you got a lot of advertising revenue from Verizon in return!!
Arthur Dellea

United States

#13 Jan 25, 2009
"...the Eagle finally wrote up a few articles about the broadband issue. After that, Verizon was claiming to invest $200 Million of their own money into expanding DSL into our towns, which in reality they only slightly expanded the service in a few towns to more or less "shut them up". However, the Berkshire Eagle, along with a cocky Verizon represetative, proceeded to write a few articles and editorials about how "great and generous" Verizon was to invest in our communities, and that Verizon was in fact "the only game in town" for broadband internet services. Despite our response articles and editorials about our situation and our success with working with WiSpring, and also the fact that WiSpring was already an existing and truly locally-grown internet provider offering broadband service, the Berkshire Eagle and this Verizon rep continued to totally ignore WiSpring and to promote Verizon as the "only game in town"! On top of that, Verizon also chose to purposely block any DSL expansion from five of the towns in south Berkshire County, and Alford is one of them, probably because Verizon was upset at us for finding alternative means to their Verizon DSL service, despite the fact that Verizon didn't want to put us on their service in the first place."
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