Friday, April 22, 2011

Photographers for Shelter Pets

Happy Earth Day.

Please visit this site:

Photographers for Shelter Pets

Photographers doing what they can to help make a difference - No More Homeless Pets.

Pass it along to friends and encourage them to visit.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Total Sales up

Total sales through March continue to run more than 20 percent ahead of the same period last year. While prices are still declining, the pace of that decline has slowed. The average sale price to date was $443,000. Buyers seem to realize that the bottom is near as well priced properties enter the market and sell more quickly than normal.

There are still about 1,850 properties for sale this week. The inventory isn't increasing as fast as it normally does at the end of ski season.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Cell Phone Service Might Improve

Recent news that AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA within the next year could be good for local AT&T subscribers, as representatives of the cellphone company say the buy-out will improve 2G, 3G and eventually, 4G service throughout the state.

The service improvement process will be expedited, AT&T reps say, by the fact that T-Mobile operates on a similar system, allowing AT&T to begin using existing T-Mobile cell sites, including a tower at Beaver Run in Breckenridge.

“At the end of the day, this is really just going to be good for customers,” AT&T spokeswoman Sandy Goldberg said. “It's going to improve service, enhance long-term evolution (LTE) and (allow) more efficient use of the wireless spectrum.”

The acquisition, which is expected to be complete in a year's time, will bring LTE, essentially 4G, service to approximately 46 million more AT&T customers nation wide, growing the networks reach from 80 to 95 percent of the U.S. population.

It's good news for local AT&T cellphone users who consistently experience service gaps in various parts of the county, though nearly every major network has a noted local “dead zone.”

For AT&T the drive from Frisco to Farmer's Korner is patchy at best. The Summit Daily News has also heard complaints about the network's service in Frisco as well as on the mountain at Breckenridge and Keystone, particularly at peak times.

Ten Mile Canyon and Summit Cove seem to be dead zones for multiple service providers and Verizon customers say coverage is also bad between the Summit Medical Center and the County Commons.

Service through the Interstate 70 mountain corridor to Denver is also bad for AT&T customers, though it is unclear whether the T-Mobile acquisition will improve it.