According to Doug Bagby, City Manager of Poplar Bluff, MO, “roughly 2,900 signatures” are needed to place the Open Access Petition on the ballot. Mr. Bagby further commented that “If you do acquire the correct number of signatures…the City Council will abide by the ‘letter of the law’ and the ‘spirit of the law’ and honor the vote of the public whichever way it turns out.”
A grassroots effort is underway to secure 3,000 Poplar Bluff registered voter signatures in 60 days, dubbed “3k60”.
This week, the Open Access petition was mailed to over 8,000 Poplar Bluff registered voters in wards 1-5 utilizing the United States Postal Service’s “Every Door Direct Mail” service with the help of Minit Print.
Supporters of 3k60 urge recipients of the petition to “Sign It–Stamp It–Send It” to the Open Access Petition Headquarters, or hand-deliver it to any of a number of locations including Adkins Chiropractic, The Bread Co., The Wine Rack / Java Stop, and SEMO.net.
3k60 wants to remind voters that this is a petition for the people of Poplar Bluff. Signing the petition will help bring internet competition back to Poplar Bluff; competition that drives down prices and boosts internet speeds. Open Access places the choice of service back into the hands of the taxpayers who paid for the broadband network.
The US Chamber of Commerce responded recently about Open Access of Government-owned networks that they, “support open-access requirements on publicly-funded systems…and would argue that localities should not be able to drive out private-sector providers.”
Brian Becker, owner of SEMO.net and a national advocate for Open Access for over a decade stated, “Open Access is about Choice. Because the citizens of this great city paid to have their homes connected to the Information Super-Highway, they should have the right to connect to their provider of choice.”
This petition puts that power of choice in the Poplar Bluff voters’ hands.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact (573) 300-4567, or go to 3k60.com to sign up for updates on the progress of this historic effort.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The SEMO Times, a name already familiar to many Southeast Missouri readers, is set to re-launch on July [...]
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The SEMO Times, a name already familiar to many Southeast Missouri readers, is set to re-launch on July 31 in an effort to provide in-depth news and feature articles with online and print products aimed at filling a gap in news coverage that has existed in the region for years.
A launch party to unveil the new web site and first edition of the new newspaper has been set for 6 p.m., July 31 at Las Margaritas in Poplar Bluff.
The announcement comes on the heels of the completion of a merger between the SEMO Times, which is owned and published by former Poplar Bluff Mayor Scott Faughn, and SEMO.net, operated by C.E.O Brian Becker. Faughn is now the owner and publisher of the Missouri Times in Jefferson City, Mo.
In the new arrangement, Faughn is to assume the role of president of the SEMO Times and Becker will be the CEO and publisher of the weekly newspaper that will include daily news in its online edition at SEMO.net. The print edition will be published on Thursdays.
SEMO.net will continue offering Internet services, web hosting, WordPress-designed web sites and email services.
The paper has hired former Southeast Missourian reporter Scott Moyers as its editor and investigative reporter. Moyers has worked in the field of journalism for more than 15 years, including stints with the Columbia Daily Tribune and as editor of the Columbia Business Times. Reporter Tammy Hilderbrand has also been hired to round out the editorial staff.
“The goal is to bring another news source to Poplar Bluff, Kennett, Dexter and the surrounding region,” said Becker, who has operated SEMO.net for nearly two decades.
Readers can expect several news stories each day at the newspaper’s website, Becker said. The site will also feature multiple columnists to provide perspective and opinions about the day’s events, he said. The print edition, a 16-page, full-color newspaper, will provide additional original coverage and not simply be a printing of the online stories, Becker said.
“We really expect the print and online edition to complement each other,” Becker said. “We’re really excited to be able to provide legitimate news to our readers. This entire region has needed another news source for quite some time. We intend to be that, while adhering to the principles of quality journalism and good, fair, accurate reporting.”
Faughn said that shutting down production of the SEMO Times was heart-breaking for him, but became necessary as the Missouri Times required more of his time and energy. So he was ecstatic that he and Becker were able to come to terms to revive it.
“I am thrilled that the people in Poplar Bluff area are finally going to have a news outlet that they can be proud of,” Faughn said. “The entire area will be getting quality news now.”
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2144 N Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Rated: R 1h 29m - Sci-Fi/Action Reveiws: 6.7/10-IMDb, 58%-Rotten Tomatoes A woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables [...]
1h 29m – Sci-Fi/Action
Reveiws: 6.7/10-IMDb, 58%-Rotten Tomatoes
Release date: July 25, 2014 (USA)
Director: Luc Besson
Music composed by: Éric Serra
Production company: EuropaCorp
Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast
Cast: Scarlett Johansson
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