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    Posted on December 7th, 2017 Becky 12 comments

    —  I am doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow.

    **   The loan terms will allow the city to take over the fiber network outright should MAW default, Hopkins said. It could then hire another firm to manage it.
    From the LNP article, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why,” (click here).

    *     What did Patrick Hopkins say was the city’s collateral on the $1.5 million dollar loan to MAW? He said it was the fiber-optic infrastructure MAW would install. Well, that’s out the window!


         PPL Electric says the company building out Lancaster’s LanCity Connect fiber-optic broadband network is installing its equipment on PPL’s poles unsafely and without the utility’s authorization.
         PPL on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against MAW Communications. It asks the court to force MAW to stop all installations on PPL poles and take down all the gear it has already placed.
    The opening sentences to LNP’s “insider” story, “PPL lawsuit: LanCity Connect’s use of at least 70 poles unauthorized, equipment should come down,” (click here).
         Unbelievable! Please see yesterday’s afternoon post immediately below regarding the city and MAW Communications. And LNP “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher repeats a blatant lie in this article!
    Please check back later today.

    12 responses to “** – * RESIGN, STUHLDREHER!”

    1. I realize that she already won but what do you think Same Ole Same Ole Sorace was thinking as she read this story?

    2. I think she and Patrick Hopkins are in BIG trouble! But LNP continues to protect them and not the public… Don’t get me started… 🙁 🙂

    3. Do you think DA Stedman will investigate MAW for fraud?

    4. It will all be swept under the carpet. That is how it always goes. Barely anyone ever keeps track of these things. The only time things like this are exposed are in Philly or Harrisburg papers. And we know that THOSE stories won’t be re-run for ad space in the LNP. They only pick up and reprint the articles with pictures of Amish people in them even if the article has nothing to do with the Amish.

      Oh, and maybe if the article is about something REALLY important like “road apples.” You can bet on lots of comments under those articles by people who are outraged about having to pass over horse poop with their cars. The horror! The horror!

    5. I honestly can NOT believe that the city went ahead and bought into this without first doing some research and at least asking PP&L if their poles could be used. It just seems like a no brainer that either they would confirm it with PP&L or at least someone, anyone, on the city council was familiar with such things and would have brought that fact to the table before the contracts were signed.

      Well, hey, for those millions that the city has already fronted this company along with a loan (?!?) and what do they get if it all goes down the drain? A building the company owns? That’s it???

      Did the city actually believe that this company could outrun Comcast with what they have to offer?

    6. Ok, so I freely admit that I believe this website, and Becky in particular, can at times be incredibly over reactionary and critical of issues that are not fully understood. That being said, if the complete lack of ANY due diligence is as lacking as it appears to be…unbelievable. Truly shameful.

    7. I’m not wanting to start a war, but Interested, I couldn’t disagree with you more. While it is true that Becky aggressively goes after injustice and corruption, I cannot think of an instance where it could be fairly said that she was “incredibly over reactionary and critical of issues that are not fully understood.”

      One of the things that I truly respect about the articles I read on this site is that there is, generally, width and breadth to them. Wouldn’t it be great if LNP, with all of its resources, tried as hard to tell the stories that really affect the public instead of sidestepping important issues that might offend their political allies.

      This particular issue, MAW Communications, had scandal written all over it from the beginning. The background of the promoter, their “base” of operations in Reading, the refusal of Gray’s administration to do any due diligence, the delays and problems with the early rollout of the service. And now we learn that the MAW folks don’t even understand the requirements to utilize someone else’s infrastructure without getting permission.

      I say THANK YOU Becky, for having the devotion to Lancaster and the courage to take on these powerful people.

    8. Anonymous, I too do not want to get into a battle here. Especially on her own site :). I will give you two examples just as an idea of what I see: 1. Her recent issue with the Annual Day of Giving and the money spent on marketing and salaries. As I even wrote then, and she did not take great umbrage with, she clearly does not grasp how medium to big business works. I said then that I served on a very prominent Not-for-profit board and can honestly say that everything from an outsiders vantage point looks quite normal. She is simply not business minded. That is not a bad thing but just leads her to assumptions that are not founded in basic business logic. 2: I think she, and many commentors, become incredibly personal during debates. For the record I know and at one point worked with and among many of the oft criticized individuals this board attacks. And many times they need to be held to the fire, so to speak. I have ZERO issue with accountability. It just gets so vicious.
      The bottom line is I obviously read her site. I do think she addresses topics that need to be discussed. But not everything is a grand conspiracy among an elite few. I hope that makes sense…

    9. Interested – If you want to talk vicious – look at what LNP did to William Murry and the Manheim Township School Board! This MAW deal is up to $4.7 million! $4.7 million!

    10. The MAW deal is a train wreck. We agree. As for Bill, I happen to know him. Not terribly well but a professional level. He is a bright man who as had a great deal of success. He also has a huge ego and tried running the School Board and District like it was his. He is/was guilty. His own friend threw him under the bus.

    11. Interested, sometime “vicious” is just in the eye of the beholder. Becky has been here doing her thing for ten years and has not been sued once for defamation, libel, or slander.

      As far as working on boards and knowing people, I am related in a roundabout way to a number of people who Becky has called out on this site. And nine times out of ten she hits the nail or the head. And I was stalked by the same person who has dogged Becky for years. Only in my case, the FBI graciously got involved and stopped him. Becky has a nose for news that I believe I share with her. Yes, she has been called “Crazy Becky” on more than one occasion both here, on the parody website, and on the LNP’s own comment section.

      But you know what I have come to realize over these years? She has a nose for investigative news and can smell a rat before the cat has caught it.

      Has she gone over the line here and there and gotten personal? Possibly. But sometimes personal behaviors are great indicators of public behaviors and make sense when the person does something that needs to be examined.

      Some of the smartest people I know have a really blind eye when it comes to what is being done in Lancaster. They are blinded by provincial views when it comes to the Convention Center and the hotel. And that is one of the things that the owners count on along with a big dose of city residents not understanding or caring.

      I’ve also seen how the ‘bright lights’ and elite “offerings” can cloud the judgment of people who aspire to belonging to what passes as the Hamilton Club cronies’ stratosphere. And how time and time again, once those same people are used for the gains of others, they are chewed up and spit out. Adams, the former editor comes to mind just to name one example.

      There was the purchase of the three buildings adjacent to the convention center by a company created just to buy those three buildings. One or two well in advance of any approval by the (Not) Historical Commission to knock them down. And how the money magically flowed to build an addition and rooftop bar. Looking farther into the company snapping up those buildings… their address just happened to be the same as one of the principals in that project. Three more old buildings that could have been rehabilitated are now in history’s dustbin.

      My interest has always been for the preservation and restoration of the old buildings that give Lancaster its own identity. And building up the city from the inside out. CRIZ monies going to the businesses and other uses that it was designed for. On and on and on….

    12. Huh? I very much appreciate your well thought out and detailed response. I think some of the issues I have are about the tone. But I certainly agree that she has a passion for news and a nose for subtifug. I just do not think she is always right. And typically it is due to what I know.

      My family is a generational member of the Hamilton Club and LCC. I spend time at both venues. Have my entire life. I think you would be surprised at the lack of conversations taking place to manipulate Lancaster.

      I know Marv fairly well although have not spoken to him in some time. I PROMISE you that he was never a major influence or party to anything beyond his position at LNP. Nor was he instructed to do anything beyond his daily duties. Marv loved being a newsman, husband and father.

      I am under 50 so I do not pretend to be best friends with some of the older, established “power brokers” but I know them well as their children were my peers. Are they all fair minded saints? Of course not but in the end a vast majority wanted to do the right thing.

      As for your “Provincial” assertion you are probably right. And those two stalkers (the husband and wife I am assuming), yes, totally crazy and you were lucky. I wish them upon nobody.