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Archive for September, 2009

Spreading wireless signals to area beaches

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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A Wilmington-based communications company is trying to make it easier for people to get online. Comspeco is setting up antennas to serve as wireless internet locations or “hot spots” in Wilmington and local beach towns. They’re asking for your help.

In a beach town, in can sometimes be tough to connect to the internet, and that’s why Comspeco is trying to change that and broaden wireless coverage for residents and tourists. So far, 75-percent of Carolina Beach is covered, as it 65 percent of Wrightsville Beach, thanks to antennas on top of homes and hotels.

“The equipment is very small, it’s probably the size of a phonebook, and the way we mount it and put it on the building, no one would know it was there unless you pointed it out,” said internet account executive Marilyn Darrow.

Concrete walls are notorious for blocking wireless signals, so installing wireless internet to reach every room at the Lumina Suites proved to be the company’s biggest challenge so far.

“The internet service is working great with this company, the other company didn’t work out well at all,” said Hunter Vickers.

The wireless internet distributed throughout Wrightsville Beach starts with the company’s tower located on Wrightsville Avenue. From the main hub, the wireless signal is then transmitted to the rooftop of the Blockade Runner, and is then distributed using antennas to reach the houses and businesses up and down Wrightsville Beach.

In exchange for homeowners and businesses allowing Comspeco to install an antenna on their roof, they will receive free high-speed internet from Comspeco for at least a year.

The company is especially interested in taller homes and businesses and those located near hotels and vacation rentals.

Comspeco hopes to expand to Kure Beach and Oak Island in the near future.

For more information and to apply for free high speed internet, you can visit their website, Comspeco.net.

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videoA Wilmington-based communications company is trying to make it easier for people to get online. Comspeco is setting up antennas to serve as wireless internet locations or “hot spots” in Wilmington and local beach towns.

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Consumer Economic Protection Act signed

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Governor Perdue signed the Consumer Economic Protection Act into law Wednesday. It will extend the time homeowners have to work with lenders before a foreclosure hearing.

“Most importantly on behalf of all the homeowners who are going to be safe, better taken care of because of this groundbreaking legislation,” Perdue said.

And with that, Governor Bev Perdue signed the Consumer Economic Protection Act into law.

It gives Clerks of Court the power to continue a foreclosure hearing up to sixty days, thus giving homeowners more time to negotiate with lenders.

“What’s happened in the past, is by the time the lenders finally got to the paperwork and were finally ready to work something out, the sale date’s a week away,” said Brian Edwards of Trademark Investments.

Edwards works with homeowners facing foreclosure, and says with all the backlogged paperwork, this law will be a big help. “Everyone feels like their head is being held under water with this economy and they don’t know what to do and this gives everyone a breath to step back and see what’s going on and gives them the time they need to work something out with their lender.”

The law also allows homeowners to put up less money to file an appeal of a foreclosure order and establishes new rules to protect people from unfair debt collection by debt buyers.

When it comes to buying more time before a foreclosure hearing, Edwards says the consumer economic protection act is key. “Good, honest, hardworking families are in situations that they’ve never experienced before and if you don’t know what to do when you’re in foreclosure, it takes you a month or two to figure out what you need to do and what your options are.”

The hope is the new grace period will allow homeowners to work out the best deal possible.

It’s estimated more than two million North Carolinians will see their property values drop over the next three years because of foreclosures in their neighborhoods.

Governor Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper hope this new law will help out everyone affected by foreclosures.

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videoGovernor Perdue signed the Consumer Economic Protection Act into law Wednesday. It will extend the time homeowners have to work with lenders before a foreclosure hearing.

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Brunswick County commissioner’s proposal to withhold school funding gains little traction

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

A Brunswick County commissioner suggested freezing funding for local schools until perceived problems within the school system are fixed. But the proposal failed to gain support from other commissioners.

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Three million dollars to go toward Wrightsville Beach renourishment

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Wrightsville Beach is getting three million dollars for beach renourishment.

The New Hanover County commissioners voted Tuesday night to allocate one and half million dollars of the county’s room occupancy tax to renourishment.

The state contributed another $1.5 million, which will go toward dredging the channel and putting sand on Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Brad Pryor of Wrightsville Beach. “I think anything you can do to keep the beach renourished and healthy is excellent and you need to dredge the channels anyways so it’s not a big deal.”

The work is expected to start around November.

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Wrightsville Beach is getting three million dollars for beach renourishment.

The New Hanover County commissioners voted Tuesday night to allocate one and half million dollars of the county’s room occupancy tax to renourishment.

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Communication, monitoring are key to protecting children online

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

By Shannan Bowen, Shannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Children spending time online has become about as common as children riding bicycles. But for their parents, especially those who aren’t technologically savvy, it’s a strange frontier to monitor.

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