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Re: “Mark Woodworth's two murder convictions were overturned, but Missouri wants to try him a third time

I literally just finished reading the entire Oxenhandler report.

Here's what I took away:

The daughter is sick twisted little sociopath, her boyfriend is a sick twisted little sociopath.

The father was most likely manipulated by the daughter into pointing the finger at Woodworth, and then greed and revenge became his goal, nail the son, sue the father take it all.

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Posted by Fred Pherlps on 12/20/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

The ruth-

I worked for Mike Bosch and Cindy Bracker at iCafe and everything you said is a load of crap about what went on there, also some of the things you mentioned could have only been known by someone that was VERY close to the business and obviously someone with ties to Bosch.

Cindy and Mike entered a partnership with Mike knowing fully how much time Cindy would be able to give to the business and she gave even more time than she should have. The reason the partnership went south was due to Mike explicitly violating Apple terms and putting the company in serious danger of losing Apple authorization due to his actions and his actions alone.

I ended up being the technician at iCafe in the wake of what Mike Bosch did to Cindy and the store and (with Cindy's help) we turned around the poor scores and poor repair quality that Mike left us with when he was the technician. The model to make money as an authorized service provider for Apple has changed a great deal in the last 5 years and it was tough to make a lot of money doing it, but we had the highest repair scores in the region and actually gave a damn about the customer and they loved us for that. Under Mike Bosch he only cared about making money and because of that we delivered a really crappy repair product.

Amazingly enough Cindy had plenty of time to completely run the store without the aid of Mike Bosch and did so far better than when he was there, but I guess you couldn't bother to include that in your comment.

If there are Lawrencians who consider Mike Bosch to be "one of us" I'd like to have a talk with them and offer them my side of the story. I really wish Mr. Bosch would flee back to Texas again, northeast Kansas would be better off if he did. Sorry Texas.

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Posted by Blake Allen on 12/20/2014 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Aaron and Joshua,

As a tenant in that building I can confirm the details of what happened regarding access. Wicked/Community Wireless were tenants in the building and Sunflower/WOW/Knology's wiring equipment was in space renting by Wicked. Just like in a multi-tenant dwelling, you need permission of the tenant to access their space. There wasn't an emergency and the landlord was incorrect in giving permission without first consulting the tenant. The technician was asked to leave until Joshua could arrive. This closet also contained files with employee social security numbers etc. For security reasons, Joshua had to confirm everything was secure before a third party entered that room. As a tenant of the building, I couldn't enter the room. I don't remember Aaron being there and wouldn't expect him to be as a salesperson.

I briefly chatted with the person who was interested in service. I think she waited over a week for a technician to come onsite. I mentioned that we pay $24.95 a month for service in the building and require no contracts. At the time I think the service was a 3 year contract with Sunflower, a bandwidth cap of 50 gig, service at 512K upload and 2.5 Gig down at $79.99 a month. Her service was turned on within minutes and before Sunflower could schedule a return visit.

This WAS about business practices. Wicked offered better quality service, without contracts, without limits at 1/2 the price.

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Posted by Dave Greenbaum on 12/19/2014 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Aron Hale - I wanted to respond to your statement about 4105 W 6th St.

It speaks volumes to the attitude of the cable company that you expect to have immediate access to Wicked's home office wiring closet and view competition as "unethical". Of course I took your customer, that is what competitors do! I take your customers all the time - more and more each day. BTW: The customer in question is still a customer 5 years later.

At your home office site - One Riverfront Plaza, Lawrence, KS 66044 - we have two non-profits that would like free service - The Salvation Army and Heartland Community Health Center. We were unable to connect them because the owner of the building - The local newspaper (The Lawrence Journal-World) - refused to allow an installation on reasonable terms.

Since you are so adamant that other companies should have access to each other's facilities with little or no notice - I challenge you to either work out access so that we can provide these non-profits with *free* service, or provide them with *free* broadband services yourself.

Consider the gauntlet thrown. Is your company courageous enough to accept?

Jess Ray - The language in your comment makes it appear that you are an employee or agent of RG Fiber. As a matter of fact, it looks like you might be Mike Bosch "actual".

Most of your statement is hyperbole and emotion, but I did want to respond to the following "He's had 9 years (per this article) to get this thing going and his only claim to fame is servicing a few business and greek houses all while ripping the city of Lawrence off."

According to NetIndex.com Wicked is the fastest network in Kansas after Google Fiber ( http://goo.gl/4ejCBm ) we are also the only other ISP in the state with a 5 star rating.

In addition to building one of the fastest and most reliable local ISPs in the United States. I was instrumental in killing Kansas SB304, a law that would have made Chanute's fiber network illegal ( http://goo.gl/JdmLYb ). I've also been asked to contribute my opinion to the national debate about how fiber to the home systems should be designed, built and funded ( http://goo.gl/C0ti5t ).

Over the past 9 years I've become an expert on this topic and am regularly asked to provide input on the design and construction of networks in other communities. My network is being written about in Forbes and ArsTechnica.

My company provides free broadband services to dozens of non-profits and low income families in our community including the Boys and Girls Club, The Lawrence Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, Just Food, Headquarter's Counseling Center, Habitat for Humanity and many more.

Finally, in addition to doing all of that, I took time five years ago to join the United States Air Force where I serve as a captain specializing in cyber warfare. Each year I give two months or more of my time to United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to help train their Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs) in adversary tactics.

I'm very proud of what my team has accomplished over the past 9 years. What have you accomplished Jess Ray? I see you've failed several businesses, alienated business partners and deployed investment capital without actually building a working network.

I suggest you take your shell game back to Baldwin. Maybe they are sucker enough to buy into your shtick, but I won't allow Lawrence to fall prey to you.

Joshua Montgomery
Wicked Broadband
925 Iowa St, Ste R
P.O. Box 3532
Lawrence, KS 66046
Ph: (785) 371-4214
Fx: (785) 331-2086
joshua.montgomery@wickedbroadband.com
http://www.wickedbroadband.com

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Posted by Joshua Montgomery on 12/19/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

So when Mike Bosch was at iCafe he was caught stealing from their partners, MacXperts. I hope his new partners are watching him very closely.

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Posted by KCStymie on 12/19/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Steve - probably because Jess Ray is directly involved in some way and doesn't have anything solid with which to refute your article.

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Posted by Lawrence Shawn on 12/18/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

A couple years ago I had my direct run in with Montgomery and his actions spoke loud and clear about the kind of business man he is. I was a business account manager for 7-8 years at the cable company and I had sold service to a new business going into the Garber building across from Hyvee on 6th st. Freenet had their ISP equipment in the mechanical room which is where our technicians needed access in order to install service for my new customer. Montgomery denied access to the demarc for our technicians to install service and then he had the audacity to offer HIS OWN service to this new tenant. The new tenant accepted the offer and he got them promptly hooked up. UNREAL!! That is unethical behavior at it's finest!

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Posted by Aaron Hale on 12/18/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Prospect's restaurants work to restore the avenue's legacy, one good meal at a time

Great piece, Charles! I'll definitely be visiting these places the next time I'm in town.

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Posted by LP on 12/17/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

I'm another one of those local businesses that was hurt by Mr. Bosch. When he was working with iCafe LLC, he violated Apple's rules to compete with my business. He nearly cost the MacXprts network their authorization and put hundreds of people out of jobs just to get a quick buck.

My business lost dozens of clients and thousands of dollars. He was unethical, unprofessional and untrustworthy. He caused deep and permanent scars with some groups, including BNI. MacXprts never fully recovered from the damage he did.

I think he assumed after he left town for a few years, people would forget about his business practices. I appreciate the detailed and well-researched reporting on this story. Many of us were under NDAs and couldn't talk about this in detail--and still can't. Sometimes we need someone from outside our community to report the facts.

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Posted by Dave Greenbaum on 12/17/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

"Oh and I'm sure it was all Mike's idea to name Dawn Fiber after YOUR beloved sister, may she rest in peace. Get over yourselves and take a little bit of ownership in your own business failings...hows that for an opinion?!"

LOL Jess Ray this makes no sense at all. What are you trying to get at? If you need any clarification feel free to email me... zmann7@gmail.com

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Posted by Zach Mann on 12/17/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Jess Ray,

I spent quite a bit of time fact checking this piece. If you have specifics about something that's wrong, why not just say what it is?

Steve Vockrodt

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Posted by Steve Vockrodt on 12/17/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Wow...this is a straight up wicked witch hunt (every pun intended) and wicked is not the one being hunted. I don't know either way on the dealings of Montgomery or Bosch's past personal or business ventures but this article and the comments sound like a big old pile of opinionated crap. I did just a tiny bit of searching and found many of the items mentioned in the article to be a twist on the truth or flat out wrong. Oh and I'm sure it was all Mike's idea to name Dawn Fiber after YOUR beloved sister, may she rest in peace. Get over yourselves and take a little bit of ownership in your own business failings...hows that for an opinion?!

I'm disappointed in Steve for even writing this article and even more disappointed in the pitch for publishing it without fact checking it (opinion piece or not). I sure hope that nobody ever judges any of you for your past as harshly as your judging Bosch. Lord knows I have made many mistakes in my entrepreneurial career and it has made me a better, more prepared & reliable business person in the long run.

I go by the CURRENT facts at hand and still think RG Fiber is the best bet for Lawrence. Bosch may or may not have made these accused mistakes in the past but Montgomery supposedly hasn't which tells me that he hasn't worked hard enough to make those mistakes yet. Key word there is YET, in case you missed it. I don't want Lawrence to be subject to his naïve ways of thinking Lawrence should secure a loan but hold the phone kids he'll be able to raise the millions needed to actually make this project a reality. WHAT-EVERRR (in my best valley girl voice). He's had 9 years (per this article) to get this thing going and his only claim to fame is servicing a few business and greek houses all while ripping the city of Lawrence off. No Thank You, I'll take the gamble with Bosch who isn't asking us for anything because enough people with the money believe in him to finally get us the gigabit internet we all so desperately want & need. I hope this article just fuels Mike to prove all you haters wrong :).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIBfctISM9M

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Posted by Jess Ray on 12/17/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Anyone who has spent any time in Lawrence knows that Joshua Montgomery is...not to be trusted.

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Posted by No To Wicked on 12/17/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Mike Bosch reminds me of the Monorail guy from the Simpsons. A slick talker, and BS specialist who doesn't build anything and leaves wreckage behind. Maybe he will bring fiber to Ogdenville and North Haverbrook after he finishes with Baldwin and Lawrence.

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Posted by Mike Silverman on 12/17/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

In case the readers are wondering where the name "Dawn Fiber" came from, since it wasn't mentioned in the article, my sister Kendra "Dawn" O'Brien passed away on April 5th of 2012. We came up with the name Dawn Fiber in honor of her.

I wish Steve could have touched on that side of the story a bit more, but happy to now have nothing to do with Bosch.

Good article Steve.

http://www.kendraslegacyfoundation.org/

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Posted by Zach Mann on 12/17/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Sounds like both Bosch and Montgomery are professional bullshitters. The difference? Bosch isn't asking the city of Lawrence for a dime. Montgomery can't get $300,000, but will have no problem getting $30 million? Really Josh? I mean seriously, the good people of Lawrence deserve so much better than either of these two.

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Posted by LarryGuy on 12/17/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

He was brought in as a business consultant for UNI Computers in Lawrence,KS by the current owner. The UNI owner easily drank his Snake Oil and was always trying to get UNI employees to read books he suggested or tried to be like him. Then Bosch ran some idea passed UNI that was about helping Government Construction aided companies. Getting these companies IT help in their offices. After completing a number of these jobs directed to UNI by Bosch money went to his pocket but not to the UNI owner. The owner of UNI is very weak minded and has issues taking control of situations himself. His retired father steps in to handle things the owner is scared to do. Bosch scammed UNI and the ownership took it on the chin instead of taking him to the table. Bosch is a Pro bullshitter..Glad to see this article.

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Posted by LarryvilleDude on 12/17/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

One correction might be called for. Bosch did not "buy out" Mann! Things could have been a whole lot uglier - and Bosch knows exactly what that means! Great Article otherwise Steve!!

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Posted by Joan Mann on 12/17/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Two ultra-small startups duel to sell ultrafast broadband to Lawrence

Mike Bosch is a professional bullshitter and I would trust him about as far as I could throw him(which wouldn't be far). At some point he will bail, take the money with him and go off and try and start a new religion again. As someone who worked with him and lives in Lawrence I hope my city stays as far from him as possible.

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Posted by Blake Allen on 12/17/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Prospect's restaurants work to restore the avenue's legacy, one good meal at a time

Every once in a while i will take a drive on Prospect from Independence Ave all the way out to 75th just to see a section of KC that hasnt become a victim of gentrification.----- Give or take a few Aldi's and CVS Pharmacies.

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Posted by cmcmcm on 12/11/2014 at 9:50 AM

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