The outgoing head of a broadband consumers’ group expects the organization to continue as a forum for discussion of broadband issues and other hot topics but says the lobbying activities are being placed on the backburner. But that does not mean a complete forfeiting of the activist role for the Residential Broadband Users’ Association (RBUA). "Our hibernation can last a year, most likely longer," Chris Weisdorf wrote in his letter of resignation (NL, Dec. 2/02). "Eventually, though, when the environment changes – and it will change – the right people will come out of the woodwork and continue the advocacy effort." The departure comes a few months after Bob Carrick stepped down as VP, ADSL operations and policy for the group (NL, July 15/02). Weisdorf will continue as a director of the RBUA. It’s a far cry from earlier comments from Weisdorf. When the RBUA evolved from the Rogers@Home Users Association (NL, Apr. 9/01), the president hoped that the group would expand across North America. The harsh realities of organizing subscribers caught up with him. "Time is certainly a factor. I was financially supporting the group as well and I said I’ve taken it as far as it can go," he explains to Network Letter. "I got as much support as I could get for my initiatives. I really could get no more after a certain point and I decided that now was probably the best time to leave." Weisdorf and other members of the RBUA had been front and centre demanding better service for users of high-speed Internet. Since the vast majority of its members were subscribers to the cable modem service of Rogers Cable Inc., the RBUA held regular meetings with the cableco seeking to iron out problems. Seven sessions were held with the company between March 1999 and last August. Weisdorf regrets that part of the mandate is being put on hold. "I said in the letter that the advocacy effort is being suspended because we don’t have enough people to continue it," he says. "We don’t have someone to replace me, unfortunately." When the RBUA was initially formed, Weisdorf had hoped similar meetings could be set up with Canada’s other big cablecos – Shaw Communications Inc., Vidéotron ltée, and Cogeco Cable Inc. That never came to pass. The group’s web site will continue to offer an outlet for disgruntled users and satisfied surfers to comment on the current state of broadband service. The forum section of the web site features comments on all the major ISPs, as well as the CRTC and burning issues such as bit caps. Members are still logging on with remarks. "That way anyone would be able to continue to post their unhindered and uncensored praises and stories of woe, with respect to their various broadband Internet services," Weisdorf’s resignation letter says. "All other information would be preserved for everyone to see, so that no one ever forgets." Weisdorf reports positive reactions to his efforts. Since his resignation was announced, he has received laudatory messages and seen similar notes posted on various newsgroups."They were supportive responses saying they appreciated what I’ve done for the group," he tells NL. "That’s fine for me, I never really did this work because I wanted anything in return. I just wanted results." Weisdorf is learning to enjoy his free time. He finds the extra time with family and friends relaxing. He also has time to concentrate on his consulting business and his writing career. Weisdorf doesn’t rule out a return to Internet activism at a later stage. But he needs time to rejuvenate and hopes others will carry on his efforts in the months or years to come.