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Enough Already

I agree with Koheleth on this one.

For all of our expertise with technology it seems odd that the entire country is not better covered with broadband. At one time internet was a novelty and a luxury but not anymore. The assumption that you move into an area and KNOW you don't have access to broadband is wrong. When I moved to Warren county I talked with my potential neighbor about this very thing. They said they had DSL and a landline. Although DSL was not the fastest it was sufficient and I gave no more thought about it. So I moved and called to see about connecting the same thing. AT&T told me they had no landlines available even though the house had 2 lines installed by the previous owner. They said they were not adding anymore DSL service in the area. Cable was not available and I had no clear shot at the horizon for satellite. Eventually after bringing pressure by threatening to call the PSC they magically were able to give me a landline. DSL was never regulated by the PSC, just landline telephone service so they refused to budge on that. I ended up using Bluegrass router service for Internet. (Barely available, inconsistent, and slower than DSL) A year later in 2015 I found out our useless PSC released AT&T from their franchise agreement for landline service altogether, so we have no advocate at all. You have to wonder if money changed hands under the table on that one. Now AT&T picks and chooses who they will serve. I read where they want to abandon all rural service areas with the exception of new subdivisions or cell service. If you live close enough to a tower to get a signal that might be your only option.

dmoose58

Since when did high speed internet become a necessity of life?

Absolutely Positively

Why do people knowingly buy homes in areas that lack broadband service and then act as if they're being slighted? The frustration is understandable but it's not as if you didn't know what you were getting into and were unaware that other areas had broadband.

Koheleth

Perhaps, save willingly living off grid, there should not be any areas in the US that are without high speed internet. I mean, we are supposed to be the most technologically advanced first world country on the planet, right?

Absolutely Positively

I suppose it's an issue of perspective. One person looks at a guy without broadband access and wonders why no one took the initiative to invest the money, time, and effort to go through the trouble of building it for him. Another person looks at the same guy and wonders why he doesn't move to where the access is.



We've got plenty of access to high speed internet and it's not a big secret as to how you can tap into it.

Enough Already

You may disagree but I don't think it is as simple as that. Should farmers and ranchers that provide our food be excluded from broadband? Their tractors are now using global positioning satellites and it makes them more efficient. They want to use internet bill pay and other services but that requires internet.The entire world is more connected than ever before and if you don't have internet access you can't play. At one time utilities were regulated and required to serve everyone because essentially there was no competition. They enjoyed a monopoly. Now they have branched out and have competition but discriminate. They are not serving everyone equally. Now they pick the low hanging fruit. BGMU is a monopoly as is WRECC and they do not serve everyone equally. They decided to offer broadband to business but exclude residences. Maybe a government regulated monopoly with an exclusive franchise area that requires them to serve everyone equally was not such a bad idea after all.

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