Voices of Princeton Series: Dag Olsen

In preparation for the coming events in September, I have asked several Princeton residents to provide their perspective on the upcoming vote. Here’s the third in this series by Dag Olsen.

Fellow Princeton Residents

Everyone makes dozens, hundreds, or perhaps thousands of risk management decisions every day. These are parents, doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, and everyone else, including CEOs, town administrators and people volunteering on boards and committees. Some people have good gut instincts, shoot from the hip, and end up with decisions that only occasionally burst into flames. That is too little risk management. Others wait for every possible scrap of data, agonize over the possibilities, and end up with decisions that only occasionally aren’t completely overcome by events. That’s too much risk management.

Any town government, by law, have to be careful spending public money, so they set up boards, they study things for years and they have trouble making decisions. This is by design. Meanwhile the years pass by.

As a father of 4 kids, from a junior in high school down to a Kindergartner, I have seen these years pass by. My kids are growing up having to compete with kids with our neighbor towns at a severe handicap. This handicap is the lack of high speed internet.

The residents that needs this most does not have a voice!

For the first time, there is a chance that my oldest kid would be able to get the tools she needs before going off to college.

We as residents of Princeton now have a chance of actually making a decision.

As we study things, agonize over the choices we forget the big picture. We study the trees and forget about the forest.

We need to authorize the borrowing of up to $4.8m in order to keep the ball moving.

Give the kids of Princeton a voice on September 13th, come out and support Princeton fiber to the home now!

Dag Olsen
Houghton Road




  1. David Hilton

    Dag – Great comment. Risk is a fact of life.

    Hesitating on a decision is often the greatest risk, I believe that is true here as well.

    The Wall Street Journal has reported the impact on home values, which annually has way greater risk to our residents than the worst case scenario for our broadband decision.

    The risk to students of the digital divide is far greater than the risk of this decision.

    By deciding to authorize the town to spend the $4.8mil, gives the town the ability make make a better decision about the best way to proceed.

    I personally believe in the PNMLP approach, but with the authorization to spend, we can entertain competitive bids from Comcast and Matrix. Without the authorization we are less likely to get a competitive bid from those two vendors.

  2. Phil G

    Princeton’s kids have suffered far too long, along with many others whose livelihood depends on the internet. Princeton has been the broadband black hole in the center of a high tech state for decades and that is absolutely ridiculous because this has always been doable. We have just chosen to not do it. It is sad to think a generation of Princeton kids has been denied this vital service. Will our continued inaction, excuses, dithering and waiting for others to save us cost a second generation of Princeton kids this vital service? I certainly hope not.

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