Introducing WIC …Not to Be Confused With Women, Infants and Children

Woodstock resident George Sadowsky is a computer scientist involved in global internet initiatives.

Woodstock resident George Sadowsky is a computer scientist involved in global internet initiatives.

We would like to introduce you to the Woodstock Internet Caucus aka WIC , a private group whose mission is to find a way for all of Woodstock to be technically “connected” with the best and fastest technology available.  The principals of this group are computer scientist and internet pioneer George Sadowsky, global businessman Vincent Galluccio and hyper-involved consultant Peter Rousmaniere who helped expand the Boston Computer Society.

They were organizers of a recent meeting of some 20 or so invitees from the community who gathered to consider how to “bird-dog” the financial and technological issues of bringing high-speed internet connectivity to Woodstock.
Woodstock Early Bird recently suggested these “Wi-Fi Guys”, Sadowsky and Rousmaniere, resign from their newly elected quasi-public posts as representatives to the 23 Town organization known as East-Central Vermont Fiber Network, due to their apparent disinterest in connecting to the ECFiber fiber-optic lines. (Which we note are already connecting up folks only five miles from Woodstock in area communities).

Peter Rousmaniere helped grow the Boston Computer Society and is  a risk management consultant

Peter Rousmaniere helped grow the Boston Computer Society and is a risk management consultant

However, Sadowsky and Rousmaniere took issue with some portions of the previous post, saying they have clearly and openly identified themselves as “wearing two hats” and that Woodstock Early Bird did not have all the information (We admitted this since we were not aware of the private WIC meeting). We share with you now some of the clarification of their position that they have since provided:
The meeting was called by the three of us under the banner of the Woodstock Internet Caucus (WIC).  The WIC has no legal status whatsoever, therefore it was not required to be a public meeting.  We were informing people about what we were doing with our WIC hats on, and we did make the point regarding our EC Fiber connection.
You should know that Peter and I both declared in the SelectBoard meeting that our principal concern was networking Woodstock, and that took priority over EC Fiber’s goals.  The chair of EC’s Board and two other members of EC Fiber’s governing council were there, and said that they would not want it any other way.
 
Vince Galluccio, most recently of Vermont Farmstead Cheese, was an executive with Metromedia Fiber Networks.

Vince Galluccio, most recently of Vermont Farmstead Cheese, was an executive with Metromedia Fiber Networks. Photo Credit: The Wall Street Journal

The truth is that no one supplier is going to do want we want, and we need to figure out how we can use existing suppliers to get the job done for the entire town.  

EC Fiber will play a part in this.  In fact, after Bookstock has worn off, Peter, Vince and I are likely to be touring certain parts of Woodstock in the south where it’s possible that EC Fiber has a relative advantage, and we will be working with them to determine economic feasibility.   
 
You say: “

they don’t seem interested in finding a way to pick up any number of EC fiber optic cable connections so closely in reach”

You should know that at this moment this is the only possible way for EC Fiber to enter Woodstock economically; we’re not even sure about that yet, and the possibility only came up a couple of weeks ago.  Entrance from the north, the obvious way, is economically infeasible given the underground conduit requirement of the town on utilities.


Woodstock Early Bird pressed WIC on this last point — that access to ECFiber from the north (ie Pomfret) was not possible due to the need to dig up and install a private underground conduit. True, it is NOT financially feasible for the Town or Village or perhaps even private individuals to make this happen. However, we also suggest that perhaps working with the State and/or Federal government via the Department of Interior and the National Park Service that we might enter into a “connectivity partnership” since the stubborn NPS adjacent “Path to Nowhere” underground portion of the link-up is the thorny area in question.

In any case, we are glad to now know who the leaders are of this new private WIC group and look forward to their creative ideas for connecting us. We still think it is “odd” to have them wearing two hats so soon after their election to EC Fiber, but as we spoke of before, we simply hope they will be more inclusive of the general public in their future endeavors — Even of those of us who can’t figure out the difference between WIC and ISP  but who may be able to contribute to the conversation.

PS Woodstock Early Bird hates ACRONYMS! Spell it out! Say it!  Or we might get confused that you are starting up a new program for women and their babies. Or, we might go out, gathering all the sad internet poachers of Woodstock Village and form our own ISP: Internet Support Program.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tony on July 26, 2013 at 13:23

    WEB hates acronyms?!?!?!

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    • As any journalist knows, on second reference after it is written out, the acronym is acceptable. If you review Woodstock Early Bird posts you will see rarely is the acronym WEB used and only on second reference. In the context of a note or reply to a comment among those who know what it stands for, yes, we use the acronym WEB.

      -WEB

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  2. Building a Gigabit City

    Interesting reading about people who have already done it:

    https://roisforyou.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/14-gigabit-success-stories-but-wait-theres-more/

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