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Saturday, August 9, 2014


Following is an extract from the Bilateral Agreement:

(b) Cable Television Committee

This Committee shall have jurisdiction over cable television to Century Village. The Cable Committee shall review proposals from various cable television companies to determine the best possible price for cable television to all residents of Century Village. Cost for this  service will be included in the ASSOCIATIONS budget once confirmed at the Delegate Assembly and paid quarterly to UCO as a pass-through expense.

The document from which this was extracted, was written in 1999, 14 years ago, in the earliest days since which Communications has undergone an incredible revolution; this revolution is called "The INTERNET", or The World Wide Web.

Based on the theory that this does not say Wi-Fi, some have decided to "opt-out" of Village wide Wi-Fi. My  claim, at Delegate Assembly; and now here, in the face of  much derision, is that this does indeed encompass Wi-Fi! Let's look at a bit of tech. talk. What is a Cable? A cable, is a wire, be it fiberglass or coaxial in structure, over which is delivered CONTENT. That content, can be virtually anything that can be reduced to binary data, ones and zeroes; bits. Anything, means record copy (text), speech, FAX, Computer Data, Audio, or Television.

Now let's look into the rapidly evolving now, and step through the future machine. Annual global IP (Internet Protocol) traffic will pass the zettabyte (1000 exabytes) threshold by the end of 2016, and will reach 1.6 zettabytes per year by 2018. In 2016, global IP traffic will reach 1.1 zettabytes per year or 91.3 exabytes (an Exabyte equals one billion gigabytes) per month, and by 2018, global IP traffic will reach 1.6 zettabytes per year or 131.9 exabytes per month. A byte, is 8 bits. Just think about this!!

Our content delivery (cable) contract expires in 2019, and no person in their right mind will ever sign a contract again; which chains us to the wire, at ghastly expense, and limited options; because now, the possibilities are endless.

In place of the Cable Wire, the content delivery system will be the Internet, via Wi-Fi!!

The world is changing, don't leave CV behind as the future passes us by, save Village wide Wi-Fi, be ready for the future.

Dave Israel


  1. Wi-Fi is not the way of the future, it is the way now. I am Wi-Fi in my condo and it is great. We need it Village wide if we want to stay in the forefront and not be left behind. I don't ride the buses but pay for it. It is an amenity that is needed and so is Wi-Fi!

  2. At this point, pretty much all of my entertainment television (as opposed to say, news), is viewed on-demand, and half of that comes to my TV via the Internet and Wifi. The other half comes from the regular Comcast box.

    This means that I switch between the cable box and Roku or Android TV device, depending on what I am watching and what TV I am using.

    For instance, I watch HBO, Cinemax and UCO Delegate Assemblies with the Internet devices, and every thing else with the Comcast cable box. My wife and I also use Ipads as personal televisions, using the Comcast XFinity, Hulu and Amazon Video apps.

    Point is, our Internet connections (Comcast, 3G, wifi at the pool)deliver as much "cable TV" content to us as the cable box does. The argument being floated by the "opt-out bunch"- that the Bilateral Agreement does not cover Wifi service, is baloney.

    In 1999, when the Bilateral Agreement was drafted, television was delivered in two ways, cable or antenna. Now, I am watching CNN on my phone. The Internet, and Wifi, IS "cable TV".


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