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Broadening Broadband: Worcester's Internet Challenges - Shared screen with speaker view
Katelyn Duncan
24:10
Nice virtual background, Paul!
Kim Davenport
30:47
Upload or download speed?
Allison Chisolm
31:20
I put in the download number I was given
Tom Quinn
31:32
Download speed
Sue Mailman
31:47
I just got home. worcester. 107.3 download.
Allison Chisolm
32:35
92.5 worcester
Jim Leary
33:02
6.7 yikes!!
Katelyn Duncan
33:18
109.3 in Vernon Hill area
Jim Leary
33:18
Matches my SAT score
Katelyn Duncan
33:25
wow!
Allison Chisolm
33:36
Are you sharing the poll? I can't see it
Lucy Hale
34:39
28.1
Jennifer Carey
36:39
ipad is ridiculously slow. 6.38!
Jan Yost
38:03
43
Jennifer Carey
46:10
What are the factors that affect speed. I thought I was paying for broadband.
Jennifer Carey
47:43
I am the only here right right now. The only one on the internet and the speed is 24. 36!! Shameful.
Paul Matthews
50:53
Jen, some factors include hardware, software, if on wifi, the number of users...
Jennifer Carey
52:28
Thanks Paul.
Sue Mailman
54:02
what are next steps for city to make some changes?
Ron Barron
54:32
When I've done my before it was 20-30 mbs. But when I did it just now it read 165? Don't ask me why
Mark Henderson
54:40
Do any of the municipal broadband cities have cable competitors, as one presumes Worcester would have with Charter?
Jonathan Cohen
54:45
Wide range of municipal costs on the chart. How much of that is local geography/topography? Are there regional factors that vary pricing?
Jonathan Cohen
55:05
We've got a lot of hills.
michelles phone
55:13
how long would a network take to bring to reality?
Jennifer Carey
56:19
As more people are logging on when students return to remote learning, should we anticipate even slower speeds as density of use increases?
Kristin Mayotte, YOU, Inc.
56:55
How will families be able to effectively navigate this? Households that will have 4, 5, 6 or more folks on service at one time.
Sue Mailman
57:54
can anyone answer the question - how effective are hotspots? for those families in Woo that had no access
Kristin Mayotte, YOU, Inc.
58:38
Will things slow tremendously when even more folks are working from home and all students are remote for a full school day?
Jim Leary
58:56
There is a chance for another federal stimulus bill down the line (post-election). The lesson of the 2009 stimulus was that "shovel ready" projects were prioritized. Having a plan in place, even if we don't yet have funding source ID'd, could be helpful so we're near the front of the line if a fed bill is enacted.
Kristin Mayotte, YOU, Inc.
58:58
Great question Sue on Hot spots - we depend on those
Joshua Croke
59:29
Second Sue’s question: "can anyone answer the question - how effective are hotspots? for those families in Woo that had no access"
Katelyn Duncan
59:46
@Sue that is a great question. I’ve used one for regular laptop use, etc. no problem, but I do imagine with a larger household it would be a challenge. I can ask for some feedback from the library folks who lend out hotspots
michelles phone
01:00:43
We use a hot spot to supplement our internet in our home, taking a device or two at most off our home network.
Trave.Harmon
01:01:07
The investment of Worcester in a fiber/gigabit infrastructure will be tremendous benefits. From remote learning, small businesses out of their homes, commercial properties, the possibilities are great and I am happy to see the city considering this opportunity to move in a tremendous direction for growth.
Katelyn Duncan
01:01:27
Do you have any sense how much a municipal network would or could increase affordability for folks in those areas of Worcester that don’t have access (I’m guessing partially due to the cost)?
Joshua Croke
01:02:06
Is there a conversation about a long term strategy for providing access to families? Internet should be a human right in 2020 — it is an opportunity gate and an equity issue (with or without a pandemic).
Allison Chisolm Hansen
01:02:30
What has been the experience of Worcester families using hotspots for their kids' education?
Katelyn Duncan
01:02:40
+1 Joshua! And the digital literacy to effectively use it
Jim Leary
01:02:55
This investment would have huge commercial value for business, but also is necessary for equity issues. Access to broadband is no longer a luxury, but is a necessity for access to healthcare (telemedicine), education and other social goods.
Sue Mailman
01:02:57
maybe the mayor can answer hot spot question
Allison Chisolm Hansen
01:03:42
It's a human right and a basic utility...
Sue Mailman
01:11:09
9000 participants is awesome!
Eric Kneeland
01:13:46
thanks!
Barbara Fields
01:14:42
Thanks, Paul.
Kim Davenport
01:14:51
Thank you, Paul and Tom!
Paul Matthews
01:14:55
Thanks very much everyone@