Tim Maylone, CEO of Cherry Capital had an extensive interview with WJR on their “Internet Advisor” podcast. Here is the LINK, but you might want to start at Minute 15:00 for the meat of Tim’s discussion.
By the way, don’t forget the Planning Committee Meeting at Township Hall on December 2, tomorrow at 7:00 PM! Cherry Capital will be there to discuss the zoning.
Cherry Capital Connection, LLC during the feasibility study effort commissioned by the Presque Isle Township Board of Commissioners discovered that current zoning ordinances would prevent the development of a Fixed Point wireless system. This discovery was presented to the Township Supervisor, Township Zoning Administrator, and the Township Planning Commission chairperson.
We have discussed the possibility of designating Cherry Capital Connection, LLC as a public utility providing an essential service. If agreed to then Section 4.14 as worded would allow the construction of additional personal wireless facilities with no zoning approval. Another approach is to update zoning to address many telecommunication changes outlined by the State of Michigan and the updated federal 2012 telecommunication law changes presented under the balanced budget act. Making these changes would provide the possibility of constructing personal wireless facilities.
If section 4.14 is not considered then CCC would still be required to submit a site plan and obtain a special use permit.
Reviewing zoning and addressing possible changes will be addressed at the December 2, 2019 planning commission meeting at 7:00 PM at the Township Hall (the web site has not been updated to reflect this meeting).
Cherry Capital Connection will be in attendance at that meeting and will be providing input to the planning commission. The Personal Wireless facility differs from a cellular tower. The FCC defines personal wireless facilities as a location that uses the equipment on the tower that is essentially the same as the equipment used to receive the signal. This is what CCC does.
Additionally, the FCC OTARD rules that allow property owners to construct masts with no permits to receive telecommunications services to whatever height is required is being updated to allow these sites to be used as repeaters. CCC is a licensed CLEC and provides telecommunication services.
It is unclear how long a delay this will cause to the completion of the current project in Presque Isle. Cherry Capital Connection, LLC feels confident that the process will move forward in a timely manner.
CCC thanks the planning commission chairperson for scheduling a meeting on December 2, 2019, at 7:00 PM at the Township Hall.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Tim Maylone, CEO Cherry Capital Connection, LLC
We have been without Speedconnect Internet service since yesterday late afternoon. The outage is across the entire State and they have no ETA to return service right now. They HAVE told me that anyone who calls and REQUESTS a CREDIT ON THEIR BILL will get one. As soon as the service is back CALL THEM!!! The amount of the credit will be small, but they SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY!
CHERRY CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS!
Final Plans for the Wireless ‘bridge’ to Fiber are being made!
Cherry Capital has completed the ‘proposed’ design for the Wireless system that will serve as a ‘bridge’ the Fiber to the Home system they will start work on next spring. Wireless is only temporary to ‘get PI through’ the construction phase of FTTH.
The wireless system will be SUBSTANITALY faster than any other offered in the county. There will also be multiple towers so we will not be dependant on a single source, and it WILL provide full coverage to areas that have NEVER had reliable Internet in the past.
The final stage requires permits, permissions, and Township and private party approval for the erection of new or use of existing towers. CCC will be at the Township meeting next week to present their plans and hopefully provide some resolution on time frames. The plan, if approved by all parties concerned, should provide wireless by Christmas!!!
As soon as CCC receives the final approvals we will set up a meeting, hopefully at the PIHA Clubhouse, to outline those plans to anyone interested in the community.
THE WIRELESS IS COMING!!!
If you have NOT signed up for Cherry Captial check them out now. They ARE our only hope for REAL High-Speed Internet!!!
Cherry Capital is applying for permits and will be doing some ‘test’ drilling in the area in the coming days and weeks. This part of the project will satisfy the planning requirements. If you have an antenna that is on your property that could be used for the wireless system they are planning, or if you still want to get your sign up in, then contact Cherry Captial and let them know.
This a project that requires a substantial investment of capital for CCC. We THANK them for bringing High-Speed Internet to Presque Isle and Krakow Townships.
The buildout plans for the ‘bridge’ wireless system, and for pulling the Fiber to Presque Isle/Krakow Township are proceeding. Here are images that map out the current plans. Nothing can be finalized until permits and contracts are signed, but this is the present state of the plans.
The purple line is the planned path for the initial fiber to the area. The stars are where signups are currently clustered. It is not surprising that the most interest is in areas where there is NO viable service from any other providers.
This is a current plan for the wireless network. the purple lines represent where the potential fiber routes to service the area will come from, and the triangles are the potential locations of towers for the wireless network. The wireless option will only be available to those who signed up for Fiber To The Home. They are intended to be temporary while fiber is laid to the areas where there are existing signups. Once the fiber is installed, the wireless network will be removed.
The buildout time schedules are NOT available until CCC gets all the permits, etc., in place. As you can read in the Cherry Capital Newsletter this is proceeding now as quickly as possible.
We will keep you informed as the planning progresses, but the project IS happening, so hang on to receive REAL High-Speed Internet!
If you have not already please SIGN UP HERE!
Oh well. Frontier just turned on their ‘high-speed’ Internet for some small part of PIHA in Presque Isle. I was just offered 3 Mbps Download and fractional Upload from them for my home off Highland Pines. I said NO! That is a joke and considering that the FCC PAID them to put in this lame service as an ‘upgrade’ it is an outrage!
That said, there will be SOME folks who will get better speeds if you are closer to one of the nodes. You should call and see what you can get. The number is:
Let us know what they offer you. Remember that download is NOT guaranteed, but there should be no install fee or contract, so for some of you suffering from SpeedConnect’s lame service (like I am) you may get an improvement. Actually, SC is faster than Frontier right now for me. Oh well!!!
You should know that Frontier stock has plummetted and they are having issues in other states right now with maintaining service levels, and bitter complaints by Minnesota’s Senators. They have 17B in debt and their stock trades around a buck a share now. But hey, SpeedConnect‘s new parent is a penny stock on the OTC and trades at below a buck a share when it trades at all.
If you have NOT signed up for Cherry Captial check them out now. They appear to be our only hope for REAL High-Speed Internet!!!
You can SAVE money with true high-speed Internet that brings Fiber to the Home!
If you currently pay for the following services:
$70 a month for awful Internet from SpeedConnect
$60 a month for unreliable Frontier phone service
$90 a month for Dish Satellite TV (with a two-year contract commitment)
$?? a month for lousy cell service in your home that exposes you to risk in an emergency
TOTAL: UPWARD OF $220 A MONTH! (And a LOT higher if you have Satellite Internet).
Do the math yourself for what you pay for now and compare!
WITH CCC Fiber to the Home Internet:
$80 a month for true 25 Mbps Download and 25 Mbps Upload (and an upgrade path to 100/100)
$22 a month for reliable VOIP telephone that can connect to 911 in an emergency
$49 a month Internet-based TV services with NO contract! Check for just a few of the options HERE!
$FREE services that allow your existing Smartphone to make calls (while in your home or anywhere where you have a WiFi connection) via the Internet and use NO minutes when within your WiFi router’s range and around your home. (Download Google Voice for Android or IPhone and use the Internet to make calls in your home. Spoiler, you NEED real high-speed Intenet such as CCC is offering for it to work properly.)
TOTAL: $141 A MONTH! Your savings more than pay for the one time $249 installation fee! And, it is upgradeable in speed in the future if you wish, AND it is buried fiber so no blackouts when there is a whiteout or rain!!! If you have ever gone to the PIHA Clubhouse for the Internet in a rainstorm you know that even there it is hit or miss because they get their Internet from SpeedConnect too!
To signup online go to https://ccc.servicezones.net/PresqueIsleCounty
To see answers to frequently asked questions (updated) go to Cherry Capital Q&A
To review all the Internet options in the area CLICK HERE
If you wish to signup manually go to Lakeshore Realty the PIHA Clubhouse or the Presque Isle Township Hall and the forms are available there as well.
This Friday Cherry Capital Connections, LLC invited several community leaders to discuss the growing need for true Fiber to the Home solutions for rural Michigan communities. Tim Mayone, CEO of CCC, and Justin Maylone, COO, invited Jack Bergman, Congressman for the First District of Michigan to meet and discuss the issues and hopefully get support from the FCC and other Federal Agencies. Community leaders included Larry Fields, Presque Isle Township Supervisor, and leaders from Cheboygan communities that have also signed up for FTTH from CCC. Also in attendance were suppliers of equipment for CCC who will be part of the team that supports this effort, and that will create jobs for locals on these projects.
The largest reason Presque Isle and Krakow Twp. are getting attention from providers, and how we attracted CCC in the first place comes down to two words ‘COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT‘. To everyone who emailed their representatives on the State and Federal Level THANK YOU!!! IT MADE A DIFFERENCE!
THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP! PLEASE DON’T WAIT! The initial buildout will go into ‘design phase’ soon and after that, your ability to get FTTH may be hindered or delayed substantially. The reason we are pushing is that this is NOT funded by the government, so if CCC is going to ‘invest their own money’ in your area they need to KNOW that you are committed. Krakow Township, Black Bass Bay, Grand Pines, and the areas around Grand Lake could all be included in the build IF you sign up!
From Tim Maylone, CEO of Cherry Capital Connection, LLC:
“Cherry Capital Connection, LLC would like to thank the leadership of Presque Isle Township in voting to accept our proposal for developing FTTH (fiber) and FPW (wireless) broadband throughout the township. A group of PI leaders spent 3-4 years evaluating options and they choose CCC for this Grant.”
The Grant, from the MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) in the amount of $100K that was received by PI through the efforts of Larry Fields, Township Supervisor with Sue Allor, our Representative to Lansing, has been awarded to CCC. The Grant was for a study of our needs in the area and includes the creation of a plan to provide Fiber to our community. This study of our needs will serve as a roadmap for future expansion as well, AND assist us in creating a ‘bridge’ to FTTH (Fiber To The Home). As part of this Grant, CCC will be providing FREE hotspots to both of the Lighthouses in PI! It has been clear from the beginning when Larry Fields (PI Township Supervisor), Kyle Taylor (LakeShore Realty), and myself (just a geek), met with Tim Maylone and presented our community’s needs to him that he and the company he heads wanted a ‘partnership’ with the community. I look forward to deepening the ties with CCC, and over time providing REAL High-Speed-Internet to every home in the community. It should be clear that the total cost of providing fiber will, in the end, be a project close to $1 Million dollars, and this Grant was to fund the initial feasibility studies. The Township is NOT spending any tax dollars on this project. CCC is funding the balance of the Buildout itself. The exact timing of the project will be available in the coming weeks and months.
We will provide further updates soon, so stay tuned. AND, if you have NOT signed-up yet it might be time to get on the bandwagon NOW! THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN!