No need for federal action


To the Editor:

With the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Congress endorsed a national goal to provide critical communication services to areas that are not currently being served. On October 27, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission, with a bipartisan vote by four commissioners, reemphasized this goal by setting into action the Connect America Fund — a modernization plan to help extend high-speed Internet to rural areas

This is indeed laudable, yet Chappaquiddick should not rely on federal intervention to obtain a service that is virtually at our doorstep. Hopefully our board of selectmen and our elected state officials can bring good minds together so that the Comcast cable crosses the harbor, and critical cell service is extended to Chappaquiddick residents.

Dorothy Dropick