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Wenaha drainage lot potential hazard

Children sometimes play in the drainage lot at the south end of Wenaha. This is a use-at-your-own-risk area. The visible concrete drainage system poses a risk for serious injury if a child happens to trip or fall in that location. Additional risk is possible when water collects in the pond or ice forms in the area. Please exercise due caution.

Reporting streetlight problems

The City of Walla Walla maintains the Table Rock streetlights. If you notice flickering or burned out streetlights, you can report the problem directly to the city by calling (509) 527-4363.

Fiber internet is coming to Table Rock

It’s official. PocketiNet has the required number of signups to begin installing fiberoptic internet in our neighborhood.

“We are very excited to extend this amazing new service via fiberoptics to the residents of Table Rock,” says Todd Brandenburg, president of PocketiNet. “For the first time Walla Walla residents will be able to experience what possibilities are enabled by an unlimited pipe.”

“It is my hope that eventually the vast majority of Table Rock homeowners will utilize and benefit from this service,” says Glenn Bell, Table Rock HOA president.

Valley Acres has also just qualified for fiberoptic installation.

“We have our work cut out for us!” Brandenburg says.

Right of way construction is likely to begin first in Valley Acres with work going back and forth between that neighborhood and Table Rock, according to Brandenburg.

Engineering and permitting is underway. PocketiNet may be in our neighborhood within the next two or three weeks if good weather holds out, according to Donny Veverka, public relations coordinator for PocketiNet.

Additional details will follow as they become available.

In the meantime, signup questions or information about service packages can be directed to Aaron Shiffler, director of Fiberhood sales for PocketiNet:
Office: (509) 526-5026 x137
Cell: (509) 438-7339
Direct: (509) 593-4716


Fiber internet only 3 sign-ups away!

PocketiNet reports that the Table Rock neighborhood is only three fiber sign-ups short of the number needed to begin installing fiberoptic internet cable.

If you’re planning on fiber service but haven’t yet signed up, now is the time. If you still have questions or wonder if fiber really has that much to offer, please follow up right away with PocketiNet (contact info below). Winter weather is coming, and days that could be used for laying fiber are slipping away.

Aaron Shiffler, Director of Fiberhood Sales for PocketiNet, is the person to contact:
Office: (509) 526-5026 x137
Cell: (509) 438-7339
Direct: (509) 593-4716

Thank you for helping to make fiber internet a reality for Table Rock.

Note: This post has been edited 10/22/15 to remove the reference to chip-and-seal repair of the roads in Table Rock. George Bell, street supervisor with the City of Walla Walla, reports that the information we had was incorrect. Crack sealing was the scheduled repair and it already has been done. We regret the error.

Regional Charter internet issues

outageCharter internet service appears to be slowed to a crawl across a fairly large regional area, including Walla Walla, Yakima and the Tri-Cities.

People are reporting extremely slow internet connections.

Speed tests here in the Table Rock neighborhood either time out or show download speeds of 0.20 mbps to around 1 mbps.

As of the time of this posting, we don’t know the cause of the problem.

With the recent neighborhood meeting with PocketiNet, the timing is unfortunate for Charter. Currently PocketiNet fiber is working fine, according to Kevin Waite, secretary for the Table Rock HOA. Waite administers fiber in three business locations–two in College Place and one in Walla Walla. “This is one of those days I’d love to have fiber in Table Rock,” Waite says. “The business locations have been enjoying speeds of 100 mbps while I can barely download my email here at home. Hopefully Charter will be back to normal soon.”

NOTE: As of 10/13, Charter service appears to be fully restored.

Fiberoptic internet – urgent Oct. 6 meeting

October 6 (Tues.) at 7 p.m.
Walla Walla Fire District 4 – Station 21
2251 S. Howard St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

RE: Fiberoptic internet utility installation

The Table Rock HOA Board of Directors requests your attendance at the special neighborhood meeting noted above. Under discussion is the utility installation of fiberoptic internet that will affect each homeowner.

By way of background, the Board recently met with the executive management of PocketiNet Communications. As you may be aware, PocketiNet is currently investing to bring fiber internet service to homes in the Walla Walla Valley.

Currently four neighborhoods are competing to be the first to have this service installed. Table Rock is in the running.

At the conclusion of the meeting with PocketiNet, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed this service. We are in full support of moving ahead with the project but want you to have an opportunity to hear firsthand about the benefits and ask any questions you may have.

Our enthusiasm for fiberoptic internet service is twofold:

  1. It is the future. U.S. homes average eight internet-connected devices. The fiber-to-home capability offered by PocketiNet offers significantly enhanced speed and clarity for these devices—above and beyond anything available through current neighborhood utilities.
  2. It increases home values. One study has found that having fiber internet service available increases home values by about 3 percent. In brief, fiber is a 21st century utility, with increasing use of electronics and internet bandwidth driving demand. Read more here and here.

At the October 6 meeting you will meet the executives of PocketiNet, who will give a short overview of their company and capabilities. You, as a homeowner, will have the opportunity to ask questions directly.

As previously mentioned, other neighborhoods are competing to be the first to have these services installed. PocketiNet has determined this level of interest from surveys they conducted.

The neighborhood ultimately selected will be based on a predetermined percentage of homeowners who sign up for fiber. With those commitments in hand, PocketiNet would proceed with permitting, planning, and installation.

The Table Rock HOA Board highly recommends this project and the benefits it would bring to our neighborhood. Your support can place us first in line for installation.

Please mark this important date on your calendar. We’ll see you there! Refreshments will be served.

More information about PocketiNet services and available packages is available online. Simply click the “Plans” menu item at the top of the information page.

Note: This post has been edited 10/22/15 to remove the reference to chip-and-seal repair of the roads in Table Rock. George Bell, street supervisor with the City of Walla Walla, reports that the information we had was incorrect. Crack sealing was the scheduled repair and it already has been done. We regret the error.