It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought
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The office of semo.net will be closed Monday September 6th in observance of Labor Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 7th. Have a happy and safe Labor Day!Aug 31,
The following information was relayed by Brian Becker to City Council on Monday, Aug 2, 2010. Additional supporting information has been added for clarity: According to Mr. Bach, every time a light switch is turned on or the faucet is opened, citizens are subsidizing MyCityCable to the tune of over $1,000,000 each year. I am on record stating that these numbers ARE NOT accurate and the city IS NOT losing money on Internet.Aug 03,
FAQ: Isn’t it true that the physical cable infrastructure is nearly at capacity and a significant amount of money will have to be spent in the next few years to upgrade it?
According to semo.net: The cost to increase capacity from the current 150 Mb to 300 Mb should be a one-time cost of less than $50,000 and possible only $20,000. If the books of the Internet portion were separated from the TV income/expenses then I believe it could easily be shown that the Internet side is profiting and can absorb that cost. Remember, making the network better is better for the citizens. Making the prices cheaper by competition is better for the citizens. City Cable should not run it's network as a business. It should run the network as a government which provides infrastructure for citizens lives to be better. We welcome a response from the City.Aug 03,
Similar questions are: Shouldn't the city benefit from the network they put in? The simple answers are: Without profit incentives, no private business would compete. And without competition, there is no assurance of lowest price. Because the citizens should benefit from this network...not the city If you go to a concert at the Black River Coliseum by an independent promoter. If the concert is a success, both the promoter and the band profit from the use of city property. If the concert is not a success, the city still gets its basic costs covered for the use of their facilities. Do you walk away from the concert thinking...that promoter shouldn't get all those profits, it should be the city's money!Aug 03,
Similar questions are: Comcast and Charter don't open up their network, why should the city? The simple answers are: Because unlike private business, the city should not be profit-driven but citizen-centered. And, choice is always good from the consumer, but rarely good for the provider. The more providers; the stiffer the competition; the better the price. I understand the reason for this question and the confusion behind it. The difference is who owns the network. In our case, the citizens own the cable network.Aug 03,