"the knee bones connected to the thigh bone"

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Download is when you pull data from the internet

Upload is when you push data back through the internet (boring technical stuff)

Have you ever noticed your internet suddenly slows when someone else comes to your house?

It might be that a cellphone or other device is trying to upload the pictures it just took.

And, with DSL, when another device is trying to upload - your download can drop drastically. No one seems to be able to explain why to us but it is a fact of life with our present DSL and copper lines.

Most of the time, people are downloading as in streaming a movie.

Uploading is usually small as they are emails etc.

But people who telecommute to their work from home - quite often need to upload large files.

So, not only can they NOT upload fast enough but it slows down everyone else in your house.

And - you guessed it - with FIBER that doesn’t happen.

Not only are the upload/download speeds faster but -they don’t affect each other.

That’s why they call fiber “symmetrical” (ok, enough of the boring stuff)

The Town of Pinetops

Here’s a video about a small town who took control of their broadband network.

Since, they had experience running their entire electrical system, they decided to own and operate their entire broadband system.

We are only talking about owning the fiber infrastructure. Axiom would provide the content.

But, there is a lot of information about the challenges of doing this and their reasons for wanting to own their own.

Selectman plan January 26th Broadband Workshop

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At the Selectman’s Meeting last week, the Warrant to continue the Pole Study and the authorization to apply for a ConnectME grant did not pass.

But there was plenty of discussion about Broadband and it was clear that there were still questions to be answered.

So, the Selectman have set up a Broadband Workshop at The Hall on January 26, 2019.

Details are still developing but we want to cover all aspects of bringing better Broadband to Chebeague.

Please stay tuned for updates and please - contact us with ANY questions or opinions.

Please tell us what you want to know

Just email

chebeaguebroadband@gmail.com

Or leave a comment at (207) 619-3378.

Thanks

Selectmen's Meeting Wednesday 7th-Broadband discussions

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The Selectmen will be meeting to discuss two things relating to Broadband and your internet service.

1) Continuing a Pole Survey which would require a special Town Meeting

2) Applying for an infrastructure grant with ConnectMe

Mark Ouellette - President of Axiom (one of our present internet providers) will be there to answer questions.

Please join us at 6:00 PM on Wednesday November 7th at the Hall.

Things are happening

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While the Pole Evaluation process creeps forward, we are also working on other areas. Pole Evaluation has become more complicated and expensive in recent years.

The poles on the island are controlled by CMP and Consolidated Communications (formerly Fairpoint).

At Wednesday’s Selectman’s meeting (6PM at the Hall), there will a brief Broadband discussion.

Please join us and catch up. We will also be available to discuss any questions off line.

It's Not Just the Young'uns

Here's an interesting graph showing how much people use the internet - according to their age.

It's not a surprise that younger people use it more.

And it wouldn't surprise you to see that everyone is using it more.

BUT - the line showing usage by people 65+ is steeper than the others. 

65+ are gaining on the young'uns (yes, it's a real word)

However, it also might show that, virtually no one under 50 would be where they couldn't have internet.

% of U.S. Adults who use Internet, by age. 

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