The City Has Forgotten Who Helped Them...
After watching the KFVS story, my wife asked, “What did you mean by ‘the City has forgotten who helped them get to where they are today?’.”
In 2002 when City Cable announced that it was considering doing Internet service, our company had thousands of dialup customers in the Poplar Bluff area. MyCityCable had 0 customers at that time. The City Council voted to open their Cable Internet service up to all ISPs and encourage companies like semo.net to bring their dialup customers onto the network.
DSL was launched in Poplar Bluff during this same time and as a company we decided that it would be better for the city, the citizens & our company to prefer the City’s network over AT&T’s DSL.
We recommended to our dial-up customers to switch to cable Internet when they were ready to upgrade to broadband. It was the local ISPs, like semo.net, which provided the quick growth experienced by City Cable.
It seemed like a win-win situation and the customer/citizen also won because they received great service and the monies exchanged for service were staying local to Poplar Bluff. From our company alone, the City Cable has received over $1,100,000 since that first month of service.
We’ve always been able to go out and build our own wireless network, but we’ve been committed to making the cable network even better.
It was at semo.net’s urging that City Cable finally gave in and provided the 2Mb and 3Mb service. Since that time we’ve been requesting that City Cable provide 6Mb and 12Mb service but each time we’ve been told no.
Needless to say, back in 2002 had the City Council voted not to open up the City Cable Internet network to local ISPs like semo.net, the city’s network would NOT have grown as quick, or as large, as history shows.
In other words:
The city has forgotten who helped them get to where they are today, and they are using the power of City Hall to drive profits toward themselves.