Township Hall Meeting – Fiber to the Home for Presque Isle/Krakow Twp.

Thank so much to Tim Maylone and his son Justin from Cherry Capital Communications for coming to the Township to introduce themselves, and present their vision for Fiber to the Home for Presque Isle and Krakow Townships. We had a good crowd and I believe we all came away convinced that Fiber is what we need to make our area Internet friendly for the next several decades. Fiber is NOT a short term patch like copper wire, cable, or wireless. Fiber IS the future!

IF YOU have SIGNED UP ALREADY, THANKS! IF YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVE QUESTIONS POINT THEM TO THIS SITE, OR IF THEY ARE READY TO SIGN UP THAN GO TO www.cccfiber.com! IF THEY WOULD PREFER TO FILL OUT A FORM THEY CAN DO SO AND TURN THEM IN AT THE PIHA CLUBHOUSE, LakeShore Realty, OR PRESQUE ISLE TOWNSHIP HALL!

Below are some questions that were asked at the meeting and the responses:

Q. Can I ‘increase’ my speed later if I wish?

A. Yes, you simply contact Cherry Capital and they can increase it immediately.

Q. Is each home capable of getting the highest speed even if they did not order it from the start?

A. YES, every home is engineered for the highest speeds from day one.

Q. What equipment will be needed in my home?

A. The fiber connection will have a small box a fraction of the size of a cable or wireless box, and that is all you will need to bring the fiber in. Homeowners will be required to provide their own wireless router.

Q. How deep is the fiber laid underground?

A. Along the roadway, it is usually Four Feet, but to your home, it will be generally only 18 inches.

Q. How many devices can be used in the home?

A. The number is only limited to the capacity and speed of your own wireless router. There are no limits imposed by CCC.

Q. If we order the Telephone option does it still connect to 911?

A. YES! When you dial 911 it will be automatically directed to the correct location.

Q. With the telephone option what equipment will I need to purchase?

A. You will need your own phone and a battery backup unit in case of power failure. These are easily and cheaply available from a number of sources, and in most cases, your existing equipment will work fine.

Q. Does CCC have adequate sources of fiber to support this project?

A. Yes, they have multiple sources and existing contracts with several strong providers.

IF YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS USE THE ‘CONTACT LINK ON THIS SITE!!!

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Township Hall Meeting – Cherry Capital

On JULY 12TH (a Friday) at 7:00 PM at the Township Hall we will have a presentation by Cherry Capital Communications regarding their proposed FIBER TO THE HOME offering for this area. Folks outside of the Township proper are also WELCOME! In this meeting, you will meet the management of Cherry Capital as well as get ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

To signup online go to https://ccc.servicezones.net/PresqueIsleCounty

To see answers to frequently asked questions (updated) go to Cherry Capital Q&A 

If you wish to signup manually go to the PIHA Clubhouse or the Presque Isle Township Hall and the forms are available there as well.

THANKS to everyone who has signed up already! We need to have a strong response to get this project started and we are more than halfway there already!

If you have questions please email us here Contact

Our area DESERVES true high-speed Internet!!!

 

Cherry Capital to attend PIHA Meeting!

Tim Maylone, the owner of Cherry Capital Communications will briefly address the PIHA meeting, and be available afterward to answer questions. We will have a computer available so you can sign up at the meeting if you wish. PIHA Meeting is at 11:00 AM on Saturday at the clubhouse.

WE NEED AT LEAST 200 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP! If you have not signed up yet, please do so TODAY! The longer we wait the less likely that any sort of help will be in place this year!

IF you are thinking that you will just ‘keep what you have’, then please consider the following:

  1. SpeedConnect has sold it’s ‘spectrum’ that it broadcasts on to Sprint. They have shut down other areas already. SC has also been bought by a ‘penny stock’ company in California that currently trades at 10 cents a share. They have no plans of upgrading either.
  2. DirectTV is now owned by AT&T and they have announced that they will be moving those customers to their Internet model and have over 45% already OFF the satellites. In three years they claim that they will be an Internet ONLY product. Why would they do that? Because if you stream DirectTV they don’t have installation issues, no DVR or other equipment needed in your home that they have to support or inventory. You also have NO weather-related outages. You get the same stations with all the same features if you stream. Saves them a ton and these options are cheaper too.
  3. DISH is also trying to bail on the satellite business and is currently bidding on Boost Mobile so they can ‘stream’ their product to mobile devices. They have streaming options now and are moving their platform to the Internet as well. Both Dish and DirectTV have lost MILLIONS of customers to streaming in the last year alone and the drain continues. Launching and supporting satellites is REALLY EXPENSIVE. They don’t have a reasonable choice but to move to the Internet.
  4. In short, your Internet providers doing business here now are NOT going to expand their services at this time AND most of your neighbors will NOT get true high-speed Internet for many years! Fiber to the home lasts decades, and there is NO hardware needed. Once installed to your home, you attach the cable to your wireless router and you stream content at high-speed. Also, fiber is upgradable by a factor of 10 or more in the future with NO new cable. Fiber is the ONLY long term solution.

So, ‘standing pat’ is not a real option. NOW is the time when we have Cherry Captial’s attention, SO NOW IS THE TIME TO SIGN UP! SEE YOU AT THE PIHA MEETING ON SATURDAY THE 22ND AT 11:00 AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE!

Check out the UPDATED Q&A tab on this site.

Cherry Capital Follow Up!

Folks of PI and Krakow!!!

We are getting a decent response to the Cherry Capital Communications proposal to bring Fiber to the Home (up to 100 Mbps Download) to our area. One of the many advantages of fiber to the home is that it is highly scalable in the future without having to alter the ‘bones’ of the system. Once installed to your home you have a system that will move up with future demands for download speeds without you having to do anything. Fiber is the future!

With fiber to the home, you can run a small business, read and transmit large files, stream true 4K video now and 20K video in the future as our televisions and computers become more powerful. You can also stream any number of Internet-based entertainment and news offerings, and NO ‘dish’ on your roof. No weather interruptions, and VOIP telephone offerings, including those that can USE your existing smartphone to make and receive calls in and around your homes.

Cherry Capital is also going to develop and launch a true high-speed wireless system for the entire township. This will give us strong reliable wireless connections while the fiber is laid to the homes. This will cover Black Bass Bay, Grand Pines, Whiskey Point and all around Grand Lake. We will then have a system that has ‘fiber’ right to our area rather than sending wirelessly over twenty miles to our water tower as we have now. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU ARE USED TO FROM CURRENT PROVIDERS OF WIRELESS.

WE NEED YOU TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN THESE OFFERINGS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!!!

Click Here https://ccc.servicezones.net Fill Out the form COMPLETELY!!!

If you are interested in Fixed Point wireless options as a stepping stone to Fiber please just note that in comments when signing up for fiber.

Here is a link to our Q&A section for detailed information on the project!

PLEASE DO NOT CALL CHERRY CAPITAL!!! They are not prepared to answer questions yet until they can gauge the level of interest from our community. We will have them available to the PIHA meeting, and may well set up other chances to inform you, BUT FIRST, we need to express our support for their investing their money and time in our community.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THE SITE, AND WE WILL POST ANSWERS FOR EVERYONE! THANKS!
Pass this email along to your neighbors, and ask them to SUBSCRIBE TO THIS LIST ON THE SITE!

Opportunity for Fiber to the Home in PI!

After some long conversations with several providers of true ‘fiber to the home’ Internet who have real track records of providing this service to smaller communities such as Presque Isle and Krakow Twp, it appears we have a strong contender. Cherry Capital Connection, LLC (CCC) DBA Cherry Capital Communications is proposing to provide fiber to the home, with speeds up to 100 Mbps to PI as well as parts of Krakow Twp. There would also be a home telephone system option as well as Internet-based TV and Movie products as add-ons as well. This would include areas that have been left out by other providers or given only weak Internet options. North Bay, Grand Point, Black Bass Bay, and others would be strong targets for this service.

Although fiber to the home is the ultimate goal, IF there is enough real interest in putting in fiber than Cherry Capital would be willing to install, as soon as this summer, a true high-speed wireless service by the end of this summer. That would provide at least 4 popular subscription service levels to the entire area. This wireless option would be powered by fiber brought directly into PI and broadcast from multiple but discreet towers. They would then begin to build out fiber to the community next year based on the levels of interest expressed by residents of each area. The wireless network would remain also, and provide another layer of coverage for everyone.

WE NEED YOU TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN FIBER TO THE HOME TO GET THIS PROJECT GOING! Please go the link below and complete the entire form. You are NOT committing to order, or being asked for money! You are simply expressing your interest and providing them with a ‘map’ for where the highest need areas are located. The pricing is for FIBER TO THE HOME, and not the wireless system. We are also discussing ways to help them get the project off the ground, and to get some fees, etc. waived in the future, BUT with no expression of interest, this project will go nowhere! Please do it now!

Click Here https://ccc.servicezones.net Fill Out the form COMPLETELY!!!

If you are interested in Fixed Point wireless options as a stepping stone to Fiber please just note that in comments when signing up for fiber.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL CHERRY CAPITAL!!They are not prepared to answer questions yet until they can gauge the level of interest from our community. We will have them available to the PIHA meeting, and may well set up other chances to inform you, BUT FIRST, we need to express our support for their investing their money and time in our community. 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THIS SITE, AND WE WILL POST ANSWERS FOR EVERYONE! THANKS!

 

 

 

 

Internet/Cell Phone Update – Presque Isle

  1. Well, the work has begun in Presque Isle on the Frontier upgrade. Right now they are pulling the fiber up US 23 and conditioning the lines in the area to handle the Internet signal. This work is being done by Utility Contractors, and you will see PIEG and other trucks working on this project. The original lines were created for phone service so this is an important step that is being completed first. The project is STILL on target for completion in the first week of August. We will keep you all posted.
  2. Also, for those who are NOT in the build area from Frontier we are STILL working on getting a solution in place for all of you. I expect we ‘may’ have some real options to propose in the next few weeks. These would be a wireless solution with TRUE high-speed Internet, and a possible glide path to get fiber to the home in the ‘near’ future. This is exciting, but we are still working on the details, and interviewing providers. We will get back to everyone as quickly as we can.
  3. We are planning on filing an official complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) regarding our LACK of cell phone service in many of our most populated areas. We NEED you to use the ‘Contact’ section of this site to let us know of any specific issues you have had, especially when trying to contact Emergency Services! PLEASE provide your address and location if you have had issues so that we can pinpoint to the MPSC precisely where the problems are occurring. We have large swaths of our area that have NO cell service from either of the two largest providers. They have BOTH failed us. Now the MPSC is a bureaucratic institution but we want to get ‘on record’ with these issues. We will also be contacting our elected representatives to get their attention to the issue. Over the next few years, there will be upgrades proposed by the cell phone providers and we want to get on the radar at the very least.

We will keep you updated on our progress, but it is YOUR voices that politicians and government bureaucrats will respond to. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THIS EFFORT SO FULLY!

 

Frontier Build Map

The Internet build map in PDF is at this link: FRONTIER BUILD MAP!

A few observations before you pour over the map!

  1. All of the homes in one of the ‘RED’ areas of the map are in the main build which requires Frontier to prove to the FCC that a minimum service of 10 Mbps Download and 1 Mbps Upload is actually being received by those customers. Many homes ‘nearest’ to the node will be able to purchase much higher speeds if they need it. The variability of speeds is due entirely to the fact that the signal has to move over older copper lines constructed for landline telephone services.
  2. Those areas, notably North Bay Shores and 638 to the Lighthouses are not in the primary build area. The FCC did not provide funding for those areas. BUT, that does not mean you will not receive the Internet, but the speeds will not be guaranteed to meet the minimum. You could get service at 10/1 levels or lower depending on the strength of the signal. We will NOT know what you can be offered until the build is ‘complete’ in August. We are working to get grant money from the State for the Harbor and that will provide a node for full service to the areas outside the build, and out to the New Lighthouse. BUT we have no idea what, when, or IF any action will be taken on those requests this year or in the future.
  3. This build will bring full fiber to the Birch Hill Node and then it will be carried to the existing nodes where it will be boosted and sent on from there. Each node has ‘about’ a two-mile range, dependant on the state of the signal the number of homes on the system and the state of the existing wires. The signal ‘could’ carry much further and Frontier is doing everything they can to make sure anything that could impede the signal is cleared out, but we will just have to wait and see when the build is complete and they fire up the system exactly what is available to whom.
  4. As we noted in the Q&A of a previous post there are lots of reasons to be enthusiastic about this improvement to our Internet service. Check out that post and make your own assessment.
  5. IF you have a question PLEASE use the form on THIS SITE to contact us. I will try my best to answer questions ON the site. I can’t take emails on my personal account or answer questions on Facebook. It just is not possible. Frontier employees on 800 lines and installers in the area have little to NO knowledge of the build. Frontier, like all providers, do not take orders in advance of build completion. As soon as service is available we will let you know.