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I think it is Larry Lackey at the PSB who could help you find the agreement?

Eric



on 1/17/08 11:50 AM, Bill Clark wrote:

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> OK- I thank you all for your responses Š I seem to recall hearing, back in the
> Adelphia days, that we did not qualify for whatever reason (300¹ rule ?)
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> I wld be very interested in seeing the wording of the PUC agreement (but I
> wouldn¹t know where to start)
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> I can call the mother ship Comcast, of course ­ I just thought I would float
> this one out there before listening to semi-pop hits from the 70¹s while being
> told ³Your call is important to us² Š.
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> Thx,
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> BC
> Austine School for the Deaf
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> From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On Behalf Of Bryan-St.John Schofield
> Sent: January 17, 2008 11:17 AM
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> Subject: Re: comcast service - free?
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>> My memory is also shot but I recall there was a limit to the distance between
>> the school and their service point (pole).
>> I seem to recall it being 300¹
> Bryan-St.John Schofield
>  K-20 Education Consultant
> Educational Technologies Services
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> Vince is essentially correct from my (also aging memory!!!!) perspective
> except for a couple of items:
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> I do not believe this specification is in the agreement: ³And they specified
> that the service not be shared by multiple simultaneous users.²
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> Also, they are not required to provide the service to every school in the
> state ­ but only to those whose doors their fiber passes. I also think
> municipal offices are included.
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> I will try to work with Peter Drescher, the new DOE Educational Technology
> Coordinator to see if we can dig up the actual wording of the agreement.
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> Bill
> Secondary Transformation Team
> Vermont Department of Education
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> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  On Behalf Of Vincent Rossano
> Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:06 AM
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> Subject: Re: comcast service - free?
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> I'm sure there are those on the list who know more about this than I do (or,
> at least, more than I remember), but my (poor) recollection is that some years
> ago, as part of an agreement with the Vermont Public Service Board, the major
> cable providers were required - in return for having monopolistic control of
> their particular regions - to provide schools with free cable access.  I think
> this may have been before the Internet service became available; at first it
> was just television.  When Internet service was added by the cable companies,
> they were required to include that as a free service to schools as well.
> Adelphia, like the rest, really didn't want to do it, of course, so they were
> very specific about where, how, and how many connections they would provide.
> And they specified that the service not be shared by multiple simultaneous
> users.  
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> Comcast inherited this PSB requirement and, when they first took over
> Adelphia's customers, sent out a form to all schools, I believe, (we got one)
> describing their responsibilities in this regard and asking if we would like
> to take advantage for this service.  We hadn't done so in the past, but I
> thought it might be useful to have an additional connection - for testing
> purposes if nothing else.  But, though I slavishly filled out their
> questionnaire and request to be contacted, no one ever did.  Then I got busy
> with other things and didn't follow up.  I'm sure that's what they were hoping
> would happen.
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> I think if schools request it, the cable companies need to provide at least
> minimal service to each school in the state.  If you request the service and
> they don't provide it (and you are a bit more aggressive than I), a call to
> the Vermont Public Service Dept. might be appropriate.
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> Or do I have this all wrong?  (As I seem to have, more and more.)
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> -Vince
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>>>> >>> Bill Clark <[log in to unmask]> 1/17/2008 9:07 AM >>>
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> We recently were able to prevail upon Comcast in Williston to deliver free
> Internet to the little school house at the Williston Central School (DSL is
> not available) .. I was surprised to see the latest invoice for exactly $0.00
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> Does anyone else have experience getting Comcast services delivered to school
> for free ?  Any contact information ?
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> I can see this as a worthwhile project if not TOO much red tape .. I can
> imagine Comcast would not be too thrilled about providing free service, but if
> the State of VT has reached a settlement, then they need to comply (or am I
> being naive ? ) 
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> Bill Clark
> Austine School for the Deaf
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