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What happens when one broadband company runs half the country?

The  average American citizen is left powerless.

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 Three years ago, Time Warner Cable told us they would charge us $53, 927 to connect us to their service .6 miles away.

At the same time, they wired the same space for $40,000 less in Maine (with similar population densities and for free).

I asked why the discrepancy? In fact, I asked and probed for a year. No one from Time Warner, or its monitor, the New York State Public Service Commission, could tell me.

$13,200: the amount Time Warner paid to wire .6 miles in Maine.

$53,927.00: the amount Time Warner quoted us this past
spring to expand service .6 miles to our home with the potential to serve over 11 households.

from My Rural Broadband Journey, this e-book is free today.

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Rural Broadband…Free book and why it matters to net neutrality

Book promotion is no easy task…so here is a sample of a letter I wrote folks on LinkedIn…I paid for 30 InMails which I have to use up by the end of the month.  It was one of

those free trials when you think you will cancel it by the time they ding you for $68.00 twice.  In addition, my book goes off KDP select on Friday, so I thought I might as well offer it free

today through Thursday.  So here is the promo letter which at the end answers the question:  Why my book matters:

Hello:  I am a Roy H. Park School of Communications graduate and I want to bring your attention to my e-book, My Rural Broadband Journey, which is free on Amazon Kindle through Thursday, October 30, 2014.

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My Rural Broadband Journey

a great cartoon to go with my book review, thanks to the Net Economy

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BOOK REVIEW

My Rural Broadband Journey: the one year trail to high-speed, Author: Claire Perez.

By Claire Perez – I wrote a blog about my quest for rural broadband and it is now a book.

I live ten miles from Cornell University and .6 miles from a wired connection to high-speed.  In 2011, wanting to utilize my recent Communications degree from the Park School at Ithaca College, I realized I was doomed without high-speed Internet.

I decided that I would drill down and find out what stood between our home and that wired connection, .6 miles down the road.  I thought a blog would be a good vehicle for recording my findings.

I began locally:  what did our local cable company really mean by a “survey to see how much we would have to pay for a connection? what was the franchise agreement with our local government? and…

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#self publishing: News releases, ugh! Tellagami:-), and Free Sunday

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Number 1

There is a great deal one could write about self publishing.  It is not the book that is hard, it is the marketing.  Especially if you are trying to save money.  I wanted to send out a press release and was hesitant to pay the $79 requested at most reputable sites.  I then embarked on finding a free site, which to my dismay, after setting up an account, seemed a bit too sketchy.  I goggled it and found nothing good or bad, so I decided to try my hand at the DIY method.

The DIY method takes much too much time.  First you have to find a newspaper site, then you have to hunt around for the editor that would be appropriate and hope that you can also find his or her email address.  I did do this and I did find a few people to email about my free book promotion this Sunday, August 31 on Kindle.   In the future, however, I will probably be using the $79 service.

 

Number 2

I found a great resource to promote my book, a Tellagami…so much fun to make.  You just upload a picture for the background, pick one character who you can dress up, and then design a 30 second statement for him, or her, to recite.  There are a choice of 4 different voices for each sex or you can record your own voice.  I made two, one appeared in my last blog post, but here is one I prefer because it shows some of our landscape.

 

Number 3

My book, My Rural Broadband Journey, the one year trail to high-speed,  is free on Sunday, the 31st of August and if you don’t have Kindle, you can download it to your PC, Mac, tablet, iPad, iPhone or SmartPhone.  Here is my book:  http://www.amazon.com/My-Rural-Broadband-Journey-high-speed-ebook/dp/B00M7HP7O8

 

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Sunday promotion: My Rural Broadband Journey

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Published on Amazon: My Rural Broadband Journey, the one year trail to high-speed

is now a book of 132 pages available on Amazon.com.  It is based on this blog which was written during 2011 and 2012.  Below is the Amazon description.

 

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journey to high-speed

 

My Rural Broadband Journey, the one year trail to high-speed is a compilation of a blog series. It chronicles my journey to high-speed Internet in rural America. I decided in May 2011 to discover what stood between our house and broadband service, .6 miles up the road.

We live ten miles from Cornell University and it became important for my work as a communications professional and for our viability as landlords, to be part of Web 2.0 and the high-speed Internet world.

In addition, we wanted all the luxuries afforded our contemporaries: video streaming; e-file; Amazon; YouTube DIY videos; online banking; and Skype.
I began researching and talking to people about my rural broadband problem and reported the results in over forty-five web logs. During the year, I drilled down to discover the complex systems preventing a connection to the 21st century.

I estimate that during the year I attended six public meetings and had
• 11 conversations with our local fortune 500 high-speed provider
• 4 conversations with the NYSPSC
• 3 conversations with local media reporters
• 11 conversations with our neighbors
• 1 conversation with the FCC
• 1 conversation with the BBC

 

Blog readers wrote to me and commented on my investigation. I read some blog posts to my writers’ group. After several sessions, one of our group members, a retired engineer, slapped his hand down on the table, and said:

“I hate to be the one to tell you this, but nothing short of an intervention from God, is going to fix this situation.”

I believe this book, laced with humor and rich with data and questions, may save people from wasting time as they struggle along the digital divide. This is a good case study in the profit motive: it can control a nation, if we let it. I also believe there are implications in this story for the dangers of net neutrality.

This is not a dry report on the boring topic of rural broadband; this is the day-to-day struggle of life without it.

Here are some sample sections from the book:

 Broadband 5…and so the story continues ~What exactly is a Time Warner Cable survey?
 24 hours in the life of the less connected ~Time & money: costs of being less connected
 #rural broadband: Do we have the technology? ~Is it that we can’t as a nation or that we won’t?

 US BROADBAND NOW: Are you kidding me…please say it ain’t so: Kenya to get $40 million in US aid for its national broadband strategy

 Tompkins County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband will meet Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in Lansing, NY
~Sketch of a system

 

About the author: Claire Perez holds a M.S. in Communications from the Roy H. Park School at Ithaca College. Ms. Perez has taught for twenty years, including ten years as a secondary social studies instructor and three as a college lecturer. In addition, she has worked and volunteered in community education in Ithaca, New York

 

 

 

 

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June 17: top ten list for 50.

Roses: 50 for 50, thanks Rose; Sam; Joe; Bill

June 17 1961 to 2011: 50 years of knowledge, top ten list

1. People spend hours over a lifetime wrapping up their tuna sandwich for lunch and unwrapping their tuna sandwich at lunch.

2. a video replay of your little puppy taking a dump just isn’t funny to everyone no matter how new the technology

3. if you say you are going to bring the potatoes to Thanksgiving dinner, the hostess will assume they’ve been cooked

4. there is no scientific evidence, but if a person is wearing wool gloves in July, holding a small briefcase, and telling the bus driver about her career as a bounty hunter, it probably isn’t true

5. it might look like one in the beginning, but a hollyhock is not a weed, so don’t pull it.

6. some divorced women do have two boyfriends at once, just ask the little old lady down the block

7. if you work for an astrophysicist, don’t try to summarize his theories at an Ivy League cocktail party

8. somebody has to take control: it is either you or the dog

9. if the wedding cake photographer ways “it’s only your wedding day,” give him the finger

10. just when you least expect, you will get roses & just when you expect it, you won’t.

©claireaperez@gmail.com

Rebranding at will

Imagine you are walking down the streets of New York City and you have not been branded yet. There is no story tagged to you, like a piece of tobacco rolled up in thin white paper without a name, you no longer have a label or a story. Gone is your award for class clown, bully, or friend, along with your tag lines: the family hero, writer, artist, black sheep, and on and on.

You, like the pieces of tobacco rolled in thin white paper have no brand. You are free to create your own brand. You can shake off what defined you and write your own story. Like the Virginia Slim, you can ‘go a long way baby.’ The projections of you can be wiped out like your fb account. This is what happened when I rebranded my dog Mu.

Mu was our first puppy. I fell in love with her from the beginning; failing to tell my husband she was not a pure bred til we were half way home. Five months into our relationship, things went bad. Mu grew powerful and started yanking at my shirt sleeve at the end of our walk. The louder I yelled, the more she tugged.

We went for walks or rather she did, with me almost achieving lift off as she dragged me down the path. What to do with this mutt, we should have bought a pure bred?

I told so many stories about my bad, bad dog, that people who knew me then, often ask now, “what ever happened with your crazy dog?”

Then one day, I picked Mu up from an overnight at the vet. I could hardly believe my eyes; there she stood, straight and still with the vet. I asked how she behaved: “Great, she is a sweetheart.”

On my way home I realized Mu was not crazy after all. I needed owner training. With the help of a kind friend, Cathy, I took control of the leash.

I then changed the story. Mu truly was a sweet dog and I started telling people that. In a few short conversations, my little Mu, became branded as the best little boxer this side of the Atlantic.

Now, back in New York City, as you walk through those streets smelling the car fumes and seeing the lights of possibility, you can take that energy and mold yourself into the creature you want to be ~ the one that lives on your own terms and sits like The Thinker, real or metaphorical, its own divine creation, living just once in a burst of beautiful light.

Like Don Draper of Mad Men, you can write your soul, for better or for worse. And as Don did, and I did for Mu you can take a story that condemns you, rewrite it, start spreading it, and change it.

©claireaperez