Updates and Answers on Internet Options for the area

Cherry Capital Communications sign-ups are progressing. They are working on designs and engineering for the build and negotiating needed supplier relationships. What we REALLY need now is for folks to GET THEIR APPLICATIONS into us!!! We have high interest BUT there are some areas where we have very few people. If you are two miles from the closest other homes who are signed up then you will be a low priority for the build-out. That is nothing more than a cost issue. So, if you have expressed interest and have filled out the form then you might want to ask your neighbors if they have also! When CCC does the initial design and engineering they will begin to lay fiber in the areas where there is the highest concentration. That does not mean you will be left out forever if you are in a ‘thin’ sign-up area, but it is quite likely it will take longer before you get the service. For that reason, we encourage you to fill out your forms and get them to LAKESHORE REALTY at Grand Lake Road and Highland Pines and drop them off. You can also sign up ONLINE at www.CCCFiber.com  (It is a ‘two-step’ process where you set up an account, and THEN go on to select your service level) and complete your sign-up. CCC will have telephone and Streaming options available as well, and a plan for part-time residents is also provided.

This project IS going to happen, so please get your applications in, either online or manually filled out taken in to be processed! THAT IS WHY WE ARE SO FOCUSED ON THE CCC project at this time. The other options are either completely fleshed out as to what they will be doing or have done or there is simply no news to report, BUT CCC provides the only path to a full Fiber to the Home option, and the sign-up time is NOW! Questions? Check out the Cherry Capital Q&A.

Frontier is working in the area now, but they will NOT allow anyone to pre-sign up. They will be completed with their build in August sometime and when they allow sign-ups then we will let you know. Signing the ‘interest’ form last year at the Township meeting DOES NOT mean you are signed up. The pricing, as well as the map of the build, is right here on the Frontier Q&A link.

It is also important to know that Frontier is only covering less than a THIRD of the 1600 homes in our area. The rest of us would like coverage also. They are also only guaranteeing 10 Mbps Downloads versus CCC offering 25 Mbps and up to 100 Mbps downloads. Fiber to the home is the future. Frontier is pushing their signal over 50-year-old copper wire. The company is also under the threat of bankruptcy so we are legitimately concerned about their future.

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/FTR

As soon as they are ready you will hear about it. The day I know you will. At that time you will be provided a link to complete your sign-up for their offerings. This site was ENTIRELY about Frontier while we were getting them to do their build. Once it was determined what and where they would build we set about getting EVERYONE covered with the Internet.

SpeedConnect has changed ownership. They are NOT discussing what, if anything, they might do for us in Presque Isle. Their new parent company is a public company that is traded over the counter as a ‘penny’ stock under the symbol TPTW. As a customer of theirs, the service is ‘sputtering’ at best, and this change of ownership is not heartening.

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/TPTW/

Charter, which covers folks around the Grand Lake area completed their upgrades a couple of years ago but has NO plans to expand their service. They are NOT true ‘fiber to the home’, but do provide higher speeds than the other existing suppliers, and have other bundled options available. They have indicated that they are ‘standing pat’ with the areas they currently cover and won’t expand in our area any time in the near future.
Hope this explains things for you the status of all the Internet options in Presque Isle/Krakow Twp. If you have other questions just click on the Contact link and you will receive a quick reply.
 

 

 

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!!!

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.

Frontier Internet Coming to PIHA!

Before we start the Q&A on the new build from Frontier, we need to assure you that WE AIN’T DONE YET! We are working to get improved speeds and expand the impacted area of the summer of 2019 buildout in the Township. But we do not want the perfect to become the enemy of the ‘good’. The quicker we get fiber to the nodes the better off we will all be. We also want to improve the cellphone service in our area as well. We hear you but the issues are mixed with politics and bureaucracy. I can assure you that the bureaucracy delays are NOT from any of your local officials or the association, it the FCC, and the State of Michigan that can both help us and hinder us. We are working with our elected officials in Lansing and D.C. and they are all doing their best to help us with this issue.

The current ‘tentative’ completion date for the approved build-out area is August 2, 2019. That can always ‘slip’ or come in early. Only when the build is completed can anyone order the service, so please don’t phone Frontier now and just wait until we announce it to everyone once the phone lines are open to orders. Installers and people on the 800 lines for Frontier can’t tell you anything or take your orders until their management gives them the go ahead. Please just wait until we can let you know for sure that the systems are up and they are ready. This will keep misinformation about the install to a minimum. If you can keep your current provider until then that will save you any fees for early cancellation!

Q. What speeds can we expect from Frontier?
A. In the primary build area, the minimum speeds will be 10 Mbps Download and 1 Mbps Upload. BUT many people closer to the nodes will get much higher Download speeds. Until the build is complete NO ONE can tell exactly what the speeds will be. Houses that are NOT in the build area funded by the FCC, but who have Frontier phone service available (even if you don’t currently use it) may well have service although it likely will be slower than the 10/1 mandated by the FCC. Again, we will not have any firm idea of the exact speed for any area or any particular home until the build is completed.

Q. What are the areas that will be covered by the build?
A. We are working to get maps that detail the official build area and will post them here when they are available. But the main fiber optic cable will be brought to the Birch Hill area and then distributed to the existing ‘nodes’ that service the current copper phone lines. This is NOT ‘fiber to the home’, but brings fiber optic to the nodes and distributes it via the copper lines that are used for current landline service.

The current build will cover approximately 2/3’s of the Association homes with the minimum 10/1 speeds. Areas near North Bay and the Lighthouses are currently outside that area. We are working to get grant money to cover those areas at the 10/1 speeds and we will keep you posted. BUT those areas will likely get slower speeds at the very least. We just can’t give you an idea of what that will be right now. We ARE working to get additional funding for those areas. THIS is not a Frontier issue, it is a problem with the official FCC maps that show that area as ‘serviced’ by SpeedConnect. We are working to correct that issue, but it is NOT easy due to FCC rules. They won’t fund builds in areas that are shown as being currently served. We are trying a workaround with State of Michigan funding but that is not close at the moment.

Q. Will there be a fee for connection, data usage, or a fixed term contract with Frontier?
A. No there will not be an installation fee and no fixed term contract. You can even turn the service OFF if you wish on a monthly basis if you are away. Frontier provides an always-on service that has no data limits. So there is no reason NOT to sign up for their service when it goes live. The reliability of fiber to the node is not subject to interruption by weather issues either.

Q. What will the costs be?
A. It will depend on the speeds that you sign up for, but it will be a fraction of what you are paying for Speedconnect or Satellite Internet now.

Q. When and how will you let us know when we can sign up?
A. Notices will be on all community billboards AND the PIHA Clubhouse! We will also have all the information on this site. And if you are signed up for our email list you will get all the announcements in your Inbox. Once we get closer we will also schedule times to meet with you at the Clubhouse.

Update From Frontier

The plan is back to the original one presented to us. They ARE working internally on what they can do to expand the service, but nothing is firm yet. Best guess is that some of North Bay could be juiced since they are currently not included fully, but that is just a guess right now. They are working on the technical side now. BUT, the original plan at the very least will bring Fiber to the Node to a big chunk of PIHA. Speeds will be at least 10 Mbps Download, and 1 Mbps Upload, BUT many will get much better speeds if they are closer to the nodes. Our efforts will not be abating in any case! We will continue to look for options and to support Frontier efforts to get more funding from the State and Federal sources.

Frontier will be meeting with the committee in PI in two weeks. They will then bring maps and final details of what they can do for us now and hopefully some additional thoughts. When that happens we will have the final maps and know more of the details. The delay is to find ways to enhance what they can do under the current monies that have been made available.

Working with State broadband folks to expand the grants, and Sue Allor is now on Appropriations, but really looking to the new Governor to take the lead since she has to sign any bill in the end.  Both parties are wanting to do ‘something’, but ‘what to do’ is still a challenge. Jack Bergman and Whitmer’s team have BOTH been responsive and supportive of our efforts. We just need to keep the pressure up for a ‘real’ solution. Frankly, neither party has ‘delivered’ up to now, but the talk is beginning to be much more specific in the last month so we are hopeful.

As soon as we have specifics AND the Federal Government is again open for business, we will present you with a strategy for lobbying your elected representatives. We will keep you informed!