Thursday, March 1, 2007
DSL in the country?
I’ve been debating whether or not getting satellite Internet service was worth the effort or not.
Tuesday, as I’m writing this, the satellite is winning!
Several years ago, BellSouth had an article in the paper, saying that by the end of 2005, all of Mississippi would have DSL available.
I guess Laws Hill is really not part of Mississippi, because we still don’t have access to it. When it rains, most of the time, we don’t even have phone service.
My friend Jane got satellite Internet a while back. Her son gave her the equipment when he was able to get DSL through BellSouth. Jane says it’s well worth it!
I guess I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because of all the commercials featuring BellSouth, AT&T and Cingular on television lately. Seems like “Ma Bell” is one entity again. Or am I the only one that remembers when AT&T and Ma Bell were broken up because of the monopoly laws?
Jane was also telling me that her son Chris, who lives in Atlanta, Ga. has Vonage (Internet) phone service. He and his family have access to DSL! She says the Internet phone service works exactly the same — Chris has the same phone number, Internet, etc. as he had with BellSouth. It’s just much cheaper.
I will have to say that Cingular cell service has been okay. Everyone I know has Cingular, so it’s pretty much free to call everyone I know. I think I have about 8,000 roll-over minutes, even sharing the minutes with my daughter and my husband (who shares his phone with our granddaughter!).
Sometimes, talking to our granddaughters, I start feeling more and more like my father. My dad used to walk endless miles to school through 10-foot snow drifts and before he left, he had to chop holes in two-foot thick ice on the pond, so the horse and cows would have water (he grew up about 60 miles north of Memphis, Tenn.).
They didn’t have television or indoor plumbing, etc., etc., etc.
Now, telling my granddaughters that there used to be only three TV channels available, I hear shades of my father.
And the girls just cannot believe that Saturday was the only day cartoons were on!
I find that I can’t explain life to them “before” — “before” microwaves, remotes, cell phones, cordless phones, CD players (remember 8-track tapes?) and “gasp” computers and video games.
How did I manage to grow up without Zelda (a really old video game)?
Somehow, kinda seems silly to worry about higher speed for my computer, doesn’t it?
Nah — I want it!
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