My Rural Broadband Journey, the one year trail to high-speed is set in upstate New York and chronicles my stories from 2011 to 2012 attempting to get high-speed Internet. This book is for people who want to understand what keeps rural citizens stuck in the broadband ghetto. It also demonstrates the personal frustration that accompanies a lack of high-speed Internet.
The stories in this book are personal. They reflect the run around we received from the Internet Service Provider trying to get connected; the lack of actual power the local government, and hence we, the people, have with Internet Service Providers; the obfuscation of data by our local Internet Service Provider; the alienation my neighbors and I felt trying to talk with Time Warner Cable, Verizon and other ISPs about a connection; and the cost in time and money of not having a high-speed Internet connection.
When the Internet first emerged in the 1990s, it did not seem so bad having AOL dial-up service. But, as the Internet became more important to our personal economic and professional quality of life, we became frustrated by the digital divide. In 2005, we started asking Time Warner Cable to connect us to their high-speed Internet broadband service. The answer from that time forward was always something about a survey, the Public Service Commission formula and some astronomical fee if we wanted to pay out-of-pocket to get connected.
In 2011, I decided to focus my blog, itsaboutthestory.wordpress.com on the topic of our rural broadband struggle. I researched and spoke with lawmakers, community leaders, and Time Warner Cable representatives. I also scanned the web for articles that contained information on rural broadband, the last mile, and the broadband ghetto. My book cites 29 references: in addition, there are several meetings discussed in the book. My rural broadband blog posts numbered over 45 throughout the year and my hits increased by over 100 percent.
This is a book of rural broadband stories. My stories are compiled in one place and similar to other stories I have heard.