We have posted several articles in reference to the CDE plan to wire every home in Clarksville with Fiber optic connections.
Clarksville will be voting in November, to authorize CDE to form a Telecommunications Authority. I encourage everyone to vote yes on the referendum.
CDE wants to build this network to enable them to read meters, turn on and off electricity for overdue customers, and real time monitoring of the local power grid all from the central office. Once installed these cables can also be used to provide cable television, on-demand video, worldwide video-conferencing, multiple community access TV channels, high speed Internet, and other services, which are not currently offered by Bellsouth or Charter Communications.
CDE is not trying to make a profit, only to cover their costs in providing these services, and this should result in low costs for the consumers. This stands in stark contrast to Charter and Bellsouth, who are for-profit companies and must constantly increase their profit margins in order to encourage new people to invest in their company, at the expense of their customers.
The Clarksville (TN) Department of Electricity wants to be that area’s next broadband provider, and residents will get their say in the matter with a November referendum. The CDE, a municipal provider of electricity, wants to connect all 51,500 customers to a fiber-optic network. “(The referendum) will either let us to begin offering (telecommunications) services, or it will not,” said Ken Spradlin, general manager of CDE. “The impetus for us is for our electrical system.” Spradlin adds that the additional telecom services will help recoup the cost of installing and maintaining the network. City and county government offices are taking advantage of 125 miles of already existing fiber optics… – Broadband Reports
The quote referencing Clarksville Online is in the second part of their article.
Our first article on this subject was Clarksville Department of Electricity requests to provide additional services. After that Clarksville Online author Tom Paine posted a rant entitled Charter Sucks.
We have had two people who posted comments against the CDE referendum. One turned out to be a Charter employee trolling against this plan in support of his employers interests, the other was the 2006 President of the “Friends of Clarksville”. I rebutted both of their comments in depth.
I sincerely hope that CDE starts to clear the air by releasing more information for the public very soon!