I have two good options for internet service at my home in the Fresno High area: AT&T DSL which tops out at 1.5Mbits at my location or comcast which is much faster but can’t be unbundled from cable TV service which I don’t want and costs almost $80 / month. This is not attractive to a young professional like myself and doesn’t score the city any points when trying to attract other young professionals to the area.

This is why I was excited to see Google’s announcement today about offering its own internet service to interested municipalities. What’s more, they want residents and city officials to nominate their own communities to be among the first on Google’s rollout list. If we can get enough interest going, perhaps we can be one of the first cities on Google’s new internet service area plus it would get us some national attention and in a good way. Can we do it?

The service Google will be offering is 1Gb on an all-fiber network which is many hundreds of times more than my current service with AT&T. Lets force AT&T and Comcast into a real competition for once. I’m tired of crappy internet service and sometimes it makes me wish I lived elsewhere.

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door to the old fresno bee building Our newsroom ‘guild’ votes Tuesday on whether or not they will allow wage cuts for guild members. The proposed wage cuts would be 0-6%, applied progressively based on annual salary. There are a number of other concessions the company is asking for as well. Basically, if we make those concessions, the company will only lay off 16 full time guild employees rather than 21. There are no assurances that the company won’t just lay off more people later anyway. In fact, I think there’s a good possibility it will.

This used to be a great company to work for, then we saw the cost of benefits skyrocket, followed by buyouts, more buyouts, layoffs and a wage freeze, followed by suspension of 401k matching and the pension plan. Now there are more layoffs coming and possibly even wage cuts along with a host of random concessions.

We rode that bubble hard and forgot to diversify, in fact we did just the opposite. Right before the bubble began to burst we doubled down on our bet that newspapers would never fail. We increased our exposure to an already enormous risk at what could be the absolute worst possible time in history. Just as bad, we used debt to finance our added risk. Worst of all, we continue to actively shift blame to the poor economy rather than take responsibility and come up with a plan for success.

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