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PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Broadband would be a boon

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October 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

EDITOR:

We disagree with Supervisor Jack Sweeney’s view (Supes OK push to expand broadband, Oct. 21) that building out telecom/Internet infrastructure in order to bring about a much needed improvement in the availability and quality of telecommunications services would drive land development. As Supervisor Sweeney knows, the county’s zoning and approval process — and not the availability of services — determine development. To the contrary, we believe fast and reliable Internet-based telecommunications infrastructure provides a big part of the solution to the county’s longstanding dilemma of how to foster the economic development it needs without jeopardizing its pastoral ambiance. The consumer owned, fiber optic to-the-premises network the Camino Fiber Network Cooperative intends to construct would provide a high speed digital highway to transport commerce into El Dorado County without the need for brick-and-mortar development and its adverse transportation and environmental impacts. Improving the county’s inadequate telecommunications will also enhance the market desirability of its real estate as does other infrastructure such as paved roads and water meter hookups.

FRED PILOT

Camino

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  • Fred PilotOctober 27, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    For the record, this letter was submitted on behalf of the Camino Fiber Network Cooperative. http://caminofiber.net/

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  • HangtownOctober 28, 2010 - 6:50 am

    Leave it to Sweeney to continue to beat the dead horse of development. I guess Sweeney forgot he almost got recalled from office due to his last foray into "Development", the infamous "garbage dump for shopping center swap" he tried to ram down the throats of Diamond Springs residents. If it haden't been for the Democrat refusing to investigate the story, Sweeney would have been thrown out on his ear. Sweeney always forgets to mention his family owns the biggest land surveying company in the county. What a coincidence!

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  • MikeOctober 28, 2010 - 10:16 am

    I agree that fiber to our community will be a boost to economic development or an incentive for people to move into our community. But lets build this with private money and not public money. If the benefits are that impressive, then let the people pay for it. Stop spending government money.

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