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Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

This agreement includes various rules about television service, but nothing at all about Comcast's internet service. WTF?

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Posted by atomicbird on 12/20/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"In response to "The winner loses" (Letters, Nov. 30): You do not live in a democracy. The United States operates as a representative republic. " - Bob Wolverton

Not quite. The US is a constitutional federal republic. It is similar to, but not quite the same as a representative democracy. You, Bob, have mixed the two terms. Here is the difference:

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Canna Caregivers

I have always had the best of service here. Mindy and staff are helpful an caring. Product is always available and of good quality. Prices are very competitive. I have shopped many dispensaries and this is one I continue to go back too. They have gone above and beyond in my book getting product I have specifically requested. Good people, good product and good pricing. Cant go wrong. Check them out

Posted by Richard Keiter on 12/20/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Mr. Hazelhurst,
Did I miss something where a CITIZEN OWNED utility has a responsibility to, in due diliigence, share potentially negative public health information that could damage the CITIZEN OWNERS welfare, but you and the board are arguing the opposite?

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 12/20/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

Welcome to the 1970's.

Since this is a 10 year agreement the city needs to be looking forward, not backwards, and the future is broadband access, not "cable TV". This agreement should bind Comcast to increasing broadband access and data rates across the city - not just in the snob zones. They should also be told to provide this service to schools and the local government at little or no cost.

Another problem is that it doesn't tie the franchise fee to future Comcast rate increases or to rates in other parts of the country. Internet costs in Colorado Springs are among the highest in the nation, for no other reason than lack of competition. That lack of competition needs to be offset by givebacks or offsets in this franchise agreement.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 12/20/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

Obviously this agreement was not negotiated with the citizens in mind. Why isn't the city negotiating rates. The customers should not have to go to Comcast's customer service, which is notoriously bad, either in person or on the phone to some foreign land, where English is a third language and they read off script which makes no sense to help you solve your problem.
What other cable providers were invited to bid on this franchise agreement? Com Hem, Canal Digital, Cable Belgium, J:Com. Was it really opened up to other cable providers?
What are the current gross revenues? What are the anticipated gross revenues? How much over the next 10 years will Comcast invest in the infrastructure? Who will verify the numbers? Do we take them at their word? Will the city perform an audit? Will a independent 3rd party perform an audit and their numbers published for
all to see? Are the citizens getting the best deal?
How will this affect the Broadband expansion in the county and will Broadband be expanded in the city?
What about streaming video? Isn't that latest and greatest thing? If that's the case, why would we need Comcast?
Bottom line, technology is changing so fast, this agreement will be obsolete in 10 years or less and the city will be stuck with another diminishing revenue stream.
For once, the city should look to the future, not be an also ran, not grant the 10 year agreement, tell Comcast to take a hike, and get a company in here that will be good for the community or allow CSU into the frae.
If the city wants to get into the Cyber Security business it better have the infrastructure to support it. At what cost will Comcast supply that infrastucture and how long will it take them to complete? Is Comcast the right company to provide latest technology at a competive price?
The city has made some bad decisions in the past, i.e. Strawberry Fields , the Rosemont Reservoir to name a couple, and it"s time to stop making bad decisions.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/19/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Planned Parenthood, NARAL plan for the storm ahead

Thank you, Ms Stein, for your accurate well-written news story, reminding us that women's reproductive rights are being taken away by the states and are now badly threatened again at the federal level. I hope people are donating to the organizations who are working hard to protect rights, volunteering at the medical clinics that are licensed, and supporting other women like Ms Blackburn (not her real name). The public needs to stay aware!

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Posted by Lady Activist on 12/19/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Springs math teacher sues the state to vote his conscience as a member of the Electoral College

It's nice to see all you right-wing nuts getting your panties in a wad about an obscure and very relevant clause in the Constitution - nervous, are you?

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/18/2016 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Springs math teacher sues the state to vote his conscience as a member of the Electoral College

Wyman, I wasn't going to dignify your adolescent and uninformed response with a reply, but here goes: In the Trump world there are no checks and balances. Remember him saying that if he's President he could do what he wanted? With the Congress he now has he can do that. Hold on to your shorts, boy, or you're gonna lose 'em!

Look up 'corporatism', 'oligarchy', 'supply side economics', 'unlimited annual growth', 'nepotism', 'trickle-down economics' and get back to us - all of us, not just your wealthy friends.

I've been on the edge all of my adult life because of ignorant jackasses like you - keep it up - I might stroke out (LOL - I'm in it for the long haul - don't get your hopes up!

BTW, a "whack job" is a professional hit. Try more accurate terminology. I like passionate patriot. You'd be surprised at all I already have to say about what goes on. You think Hollywood doesn't have a say? We've already had a B actor for President - now we get a reality (right) show p...y grabber and WWE fan. Hollywood DOES run the show.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/18/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

And yes seldom any bikes every on Research and most of the ride on the side walks. I would never let my kids or grand-kids ride on Research unsafe. Blind spots in cars trying to cross this bikes lanes often cannot see the people in the lane in their blind spot. This is just flat causing MAYHEM on what used to be our main connection to shopping, hospitals, freeway. It is harming the businesses who are also complaining about it. Just so a few people can cause Mayhem on Research.

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Posted by Cher Fenn-Young on 12/18/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

This is dangerous. Have had several near miss accidents now because of the mess on Research. In the bad weather it is horrifying up here now. Getting out of the neighborhood now can take up to 4 light changes. Getting to Memorial Hospital for Emergency treatment means I now get stuck in traffic This a major artery we all use to get to I25 and now that is a mess as is Powers. There was no though put into this plan it is horrible for all of us that bought homes and live here. We used and needed three lanes it it is idiotic to take one away when we already had traffic issues. These planners care nothing about those of us that live here and use this road daily.

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Posted by Cher Fenn-Young on 12/18/2016 at 1:23 PM

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