DIUA still lives and is making great progress towards providing internet access!

Hello Everyone,

I’d like to apologize for being so silent over these past few months with posting to the news feed.  I have neglected this side of the operations as I have had almost my focus spent on raising funds, planning and procuring hardware and finalizing contracts from radio hosting.  And doing this in my spare time apart from my “9-5” day job.  That’s still no excuse as you all deserve more frequent updates and I’ll work to provide a summary after every board meeting (first Thursday of each month) to keep you all in the loop.  Please remember this is 100% volunteer at this point and no one is making a dime off their efforts and involvement.  Standing up a new rural ISP is like a second job, so I appreciate every minute of assistance and volunteer time I get especially from our Board members!

Now onto the status since October 2018… Wow I have let this age a bit, haven’t I?  We’ll let’s fill in the blanks with some cliff-note versions.

November 2018 – Annual DIUA Membership meeting on Nov. 10th, 2019 and board seat election.  Kaleb Wyatt and Justin Sisney were both re-elected to 3-year terms.  Board president position is still available.  Focus for the remainder of winter will be on raising funds to complete the project.

December 2018 – Working in partnership with North Counties Community Collaborative and North Counties Family Services to acquire grant funding for 2019.  Received a rather large private donation to the order of 24,000.00 helping us a long way towards the 110,000.00 estimated project costs.  DIUA president position still available.

January - February 2019 – Continue to work with NCCC and NCFS to acquire grant funding through 2019 as the primary goal.  DIUA cannot move forward without all funding needs in place.  DIUA president position still available.

March 2019 – Finalize NCCC grant in the form of 40,000.00 in 2019.  This combined with the 10,000.00 NCCC granted DIUA in 2018 brings the total grant award for DIUA from NCCC to 50,000.00.  Another large donation from a private donor provided an additional 20,000.00 to DIUA coffers towards project completion bringing the total grants and donations to 94,000.00.  A GoFundMe campaign brought in an additional 1400.00.  This combined with our membership fees of 150.00 * our 54 current members brings in an additional 8,100.00.  This brings DIUAs total cash assets to 103,500.00.  More than enough and we have a pledge of 10,000.00 as a private donation later in the year after we have acquired Tower contracts.

DIUA is fully funded

$36,000.00 11-GHz radio equipment order placed to complete our licensed radio procurement.

DIUA president position still available.

April 2019 – Received deposit of funds from private donations.  Making good progress in communication with tower owners.  DIUA president position still available.

May 2019 – Approval from board to purchase the 5-GHz portion of the radio equipment to finish the majority of DIUA radio assets for our phase 1 plans.  Ordered 5-GHz equipment.  Met with a similar Wireless ISP out of Winthrop and established a great partnership.  Working through contract negotiations with tower owners and other various equipment hosting locations.  DIUA president position still available.

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Whew, now we’re all caught up on the work which has been happening on the DIUA front.  There are many more details which can be expanded and often are gone over with our Monthly board meetings every first Thursday of the Month from 7 – 9 pm in the MARC building.  Public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

My focus going forward:  Finalize the contracts with all parties we’ll need to host our gear.  Once contract negotiations are completed DIUA will know a few important things that we’ll be able to communicate to the member base:

  • When will DIUA be available and where?

  • What will the priority of installation be?

  • What are going to be the final DIUA plans and associated costs?

On that final question.  I want to be up-front that the previous cost structure which was proposed and communicated was not founded on any actual operational cost data.  DIUA is a non-profit which means that we’ll be asking the member base to cover the true operational costs of the infrastructure, a responsible operational reserve, a 5-year hardware refresh cycle as well as to help DIUA become an employer within the Darrington area (longer term).  While I do not know what the final DIUA plans and associated costs will be quite yet, what I can tell you is that the costs will be 100% transparent and we will still offer hardship programs driven through NCCC and NCFS to ensure we are providing Internet connections to everyone in the Darrington community.

The answer to “When will DIUA be available?” can only happen once all of the contracts are in place and installs scheduled or at least estimated for various sites and equipment.

Feel free to reach out on Facebook or email support@diua.org if you have any questions or would like any additional information.  And a reminder we have our Monthly board meetings the first Thursday of every Month from 7 – 9 pm in the MARC building.

Sincerely,

Jeromy Statia

Vice President, Board Member

jeromy.statia@diua.org

DIUA yearly membership meeting - Nov. 10th

Hello everyone,

Our annual membership meeting will be held on November 10th 2018 at 6:30pm in the MARC building (across from the IGA) in Darrington. There will be a short presentation by the Board followed by a Q&A session for our members. Also during this membership meeting we will have an election to vote on our 2 open board member positions.

If you would like to nominate yourself to serve on the DIUA board please email the board secretary at justin.sisney@diua.org.

Ground Breaking Progress

Hello my name is Jacob Kukuk President of the Darrington Internet Users Association (DIUA), when starting this Non Profit Internet Service Provider (ISP) in July of 2017 I didn’t know where it would lead, now with 7 board meetings under our belt, 37 members, over $10,000 in contributions, and countless support from government agencies and local community organizations we are making ground breaking progress.

We have established our network transport provider and the final infrastructure agreements are taking place that will enable construction of backhaul equipment allowing us to deliver service to your home or business. With my goal of getting high speed Internet Service to many of you by late 2018, I’m confident me and my team will make it happen.

I would like to say a big thanks to the team who is working hard to ensure this project is a success and has the best interest of the community and its members. This team includes Jeromy Statia our Vice President/Board Member, Justin Sisney our Secretary/Board Member, and the remaining board members Drew Bono the Board Chair, Joseph Mcconnaughy, and Kaleb Wyatt.

We invite you to attend one of our board meetings to learn or ask questions. They are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Darrington Fire station unless otherwise posted.

If you would like to become a member where the $150 membership includes the cost of your first installation of an internet service with speeds up to 50 Mbps with no contract or data cap visit https://www.diua.org/membership/

United Way Grant

Darrington Internet Users Association (DIUA) is honored in receiving its first grant from United Way. This community partnership with North Counties' Community Collaborative will work to increase access to services outside of the Darrington/Arlington area through improved internet connectivity. We will soon begin field testing of equipment with opportunities for the public to see that it is a functional and practical infrastructure. DIUA has raised over $10,000 in funding and is on track to provide high speed internet service to the community by late 2018.

Community Email Account Program

Darrington Internet Users Association proudly presents a community program that gives free email accounts, no membership required. If you support our loggers you can get an email with @gologgers.org if you would like more of a geography style email you can choose @darrington.org. This enables our community to be recognized and it can even start a conversation with someone you give your email to so it gets attention to our local community. Time to get rid of those generic email accounts and represent local!

Visit
https://diua.org/email/ 
to register.

This program was made possible by domain donations from godaddy and email account license donations by Microsoft.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

PUBLIC NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING
The Darrington Internet Users Association will be holding its first board meeting on Friday, Sept 1st, at 6:00 p.m., in the Darrington Cowork Space, at 1140 Seeman St, in Darrington, WA. We request all members to attend in person.

You can find the agenda and reports contained in the Board Meeting Packet
https://diua.org/…/docu…/DIUASept1st17BoardMeetingPacket.pdf

Proof of Notice of meeting or waiver of notice
3.2.3 Organizational Meeting. The first meeting of a newly elected Board shall be held
immediately following the annual meeting and no notice shall be necessary to the newly
elected Board Members in order legally to constitute such meeting, provided a majority of the
whole Board shall be present.

Darrington Internet Users Association shareholders elect board

August 26, 2017

Darrington Internet Users Association shareholders elect board

DARRINGTON, WA — August 25th, 2017 — At 11:45 PM on Friday August 25th the shareholders of DIUA voted in 5 board members from a selection of 9 candidates that are shareholders.

Newly Elected Board Members
Drew Bono - Three-year Term
Joseph McConnaughy - Three-year Term
Jeromy Statia - Term to be decided by coin flip
Kaleb Wyatt - Term to be decided by coin flip
Justin Sisney – One-Year Term

See results after missing vote correction at https://diua.org/board

 

About DIUA
Darrington Internet Users Association (DIUA) is a 501(c)(3) with the mission to Improve the conditions of local internet service, making residents shareholders, technicians, and learners of technology. Changing the consumer internet service to a producer internet service where families can connect to over messaging platforms, small businesses can upload high quality content to the world-wide web, and our younger demographic can have access to what is a norm in a larger city. DIUA will Improve Access, Enhance Public Safety, and Enable Commerce.

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CONTACT:
Jacob Kukuk - President
Darrington Internet Users Association
425-366-7074 | support@diua.org | http://diua.org/

Mail Processor Error

If you have received a letter like the one attached it was due to our automated mail processor mixing up our mail with New York Times payment reminder mail. No Personal Identifiable Information was released as the letter contained a simple welcome message and the names and addresses are that of the TO field on the mailer, the barcode is proof of being processed through our mail provider equipment and NO information was stolen.

 

I apologize for the confusion and this will be solved promptly with our mailing partner.

 

New York Times and DIUA use a automated mailing system called Lob, this system is used by companies like UBER for sending mail to its customers.

 

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me. jacob.kukuk@diua.org or 425-583-4921

 

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Jacob Kukuk

President DIUA

Google Ad Grants award

Darrington Internet Users Association is a recipient of a Google Ad Grants award. The Google Ad Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations that share Google's philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords.

 

 

IRS Recognition

Great news! Darrington Internet Users Association is officially 501(c)(3)! Donors can now deduct contributions made to DIUA. Those of you whom have contributed previously or plan to our EIN is 82-2290713 If you wish to contribute visit http://diua.org/donate/

 

 

8/17 Progress Report

Here is the progress report for the Darrington Internet Users Association. We are currently at 13 member shareholders 4 board member elects, 1 government agency, 1 homeschool, and 2 hardship program participants. Presentation about DIUA was done at Darrington Strong, and we got the access key to the CoWork space in town so we can get to work the moment we have a board seated.

WAVE Broadband will be our IP Transport provider getting us from Seattle to Arlington. Frontier will provide us with access to local lines and Central Office for roof mount equipment and colocation. Hurricane Electric will be our IP Transit provider, and the Seattle Internet Exchange will be our connection to the many PEER opportunities we can take advantage of.

 

Registration for the board election ends August 19th. If we have less than 5 then they will be automatically accepted with no vote and the only votes will be for executive positions. If you would also like to become part of DIUA since we are rapidly growing, you can learn more at https://diua.org/

Sincerly,

 

Jacob Kukuk - President

Darrington Internet Users Association


 

http://diua.org | (425) 366-7074

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