December 2005

Cross-posted from Audio Activism

In an effort to bring a free public WiFi network to Chapel Hill and to let our elected representatives know how we feel I’ve created an online petition.

To: Chapel Hill Town Council

The time has come for the Town of Chapel Hill to build a free, community-owned, public municipal network. The network should have wireless access and provide an open, unfiltered, and unmonitored connection to the Internet available to ALL people. It must be maintained by a local nonprofit for the people of Chapel Hill. Not by a private business or corporation.

We request that the Chapel Hill Town Council act swiftly to bring this service to the people.


The Undersigned

It will be presented to the Town Council as soon as posible. If you are a citizen of Chapel Hill please go to and sign it. Thank you!

No, not another story about the funny taste of OWASA’s chlorimated water!

The N&O’s Matt Dees has written an interesting wrap on Verkerk’s and Wiggins’ tenure – “graveyard grilling” and all.

As they prepare to step down Monday night, Dorothy Verkerk and Edith Wiggins say they’re leaving the dais proud of their accomplishments but a little bitter.

Interesting how the redlight camera vendor’s Astroturf organization was morphed into a trade association.

Both Verkerk and Wiggins were criticized as being too close to Affiliated Computer Services, the company that provided the system, charges the two thought were unfair.

Verkerk, a UNC-Chapel Hill art history professor who championed traffic safety, presented data that came from a trade association with a vested interest in seeing more cameras installed.

Monday the new Council will be sworn in.