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24
Jul
2015

Great Technological Progress in Our Rural Town

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I live in a sleepy town with only 4,000 residents. Up until the 1990s, most of us did not have television cable, much less local channels. When the weather was just right, our TVs could pull in one local channel from a large city about an hour away. While the rest of the country had faster Internet, we had slower dialup service only. When I heard that Mississippi Hughesnet service would be coming to a nearby area to offer online services, I found myself hoping that would soon include my little town, too. We have been so behind the times in the area for far too long.

It is important that I point out the finer points of where I live as well. No cable TV service meant that area residents found other ways to entertain themselves instead. The same goes for slower online speeds because the average person really does not have the patience to surf very long with a modem that only crawls along. Yet progress absolutely does have an upside. More channels means better access to news, documentaries and other things to learn from, and faster speeds through a router brings about greater access to educational resources as well.

I called Hughesnet from time to time to ask them how soon they would offer service in my neighborhood. One of the employees told me that if more people called to ask, they would probably be more inclined to work harder to make things move more quickly. I spread the word via our local newspaper, and that spurred many locals to call and ask for faster service, too. Just months later, we learned that it worked. I signed up right away. Such excitement on install day! My kids and husband lurked around the install employee while he was here and peppered him with questions about how it worked. Our boys enjoy getting their homework done faster with better speeds, and my husband is loving the fact that she can catch up with sports news at night without having to spend a lot of time on the computer now.

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