Allen in Nashville, IL says:
At this point, I am still at a loss to understand how the hundreds of millions being spent in the counties of Southern Illinois are going to help individual rural households. The president of the communications company in charge of the installation and start-up on the fiber optic system in my area actually laughed when I asked how long it would be before I, an individual living on Illinois State Highway 15 with the new fiber optic line literally buried in my front yard, would be able to get this new high speed internet service. After his chuckle, he said he wished this system could really help rural households, since he himself lived in a rural area, but the system is mainly being installed to connect rural towns and their respective schools and hospitals. Now of course he went on to explain that if some internet provider corporation wanted to buy the bandwidth at wholesale from his company, then I could get service from this new fiber optic system. Well, we have all heard these words before, "not economically feasible", the same words that I heard from Charter Cable when, in the same scenario, I asked about obtaining service but was told my home is too far away from the nearest patch in point, though their cable also runs directly through my yard on power poles. So, could someone please explain this to me, maybe tell me why I should not feel ripped off of my tax dollars, which are being spent to bring high speed service to areas that for the most part already have it. Don't believe me? Call your local school or hospital and ask them, (as I did), what kind of internet service they have.
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