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Readers,

This is the column that started what would become 99 columns in 2015 (some you’ve not seen yet) for CandysDirt.com.  I’ve been frequently asked how I got started.  It’s simple … revenge!  After attending a particularly egregious HOA meeting, I penned a screed to Candy detailing the insanity of the building I lived in.  Of course she jumped at the chance to “out” some craziness.  By morning, I’d had a rethink about shooting myself in the foot (as you do) and said, perhaps there’s more to me than a one-hit-wonder.  She agreed to give me a shot.

For this first column, I was especially touched by Fabian Hernandez’ comment, “it’s like an accessory you didn’t even know was missing.”

Enjoy.  And here’s to another 99 in 2016!

Jon

 

 

Jon Anderson

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Beat Unit 505 Ext

The day is coming in which internet access will be included in a building’s utilities, and that has a lot to do with the FCC’s ruling on Net Neutrality, says Jon Anderson.

By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

Much has been written and said about the argument that internet access, like electricity, is a utility and should be regulated as such. It forms the basis of the argument for “net-neutrality” that the FCC has been contemplating and approved rules to stop internet providers from messing up the status quo. Admittedly “net neutrality” is an odd phrase that means the internet should stay as it has always been, unhindered by sponsorship with every site being carried with equal “best-speed” – like the electricity in your home where you don’t pay more for freezing food than you do to dry your hair.

I’ve sat in rooms and listened to global telecom company leadership read from the same PR hymnal about how they’re NOT a utility … and it’s obvious even they don’t believe it.  But they’re (surprise!) greedy and not happy providing “plumbing” without skimming more off the top.  The 97 percent profit margins reportedly generated aren’t enough.

What’s all this to do with real estate?  Because just as homes are expected to have water, electricity, phone and television services, there is an expectation for quality internet access, too. Not that long ago, I remember evaluating homes based on their proximity to an AT&T/SBC central office location, because the closer you were, the faster the DSL.

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