There's a great article on that reminded me how broadband connections are not as popular as we all sometimes believe.  As if the higher cost of gas, along with the real estate crisis, wasn't hurting rural area housing enough, it turns out people are also moving away because they can't get broadband!

If you're reading my blog, you're most likely already more tech savvy than usual, and therefore more likely to have a broadband connection, but I'm still surprised that people would be willing to move for what we take for granted.  Perhaps I forget the sting of 56kps.  It has been nine years or so.

The end of the article gets to me a little bit though.  Why would anyone move back to a house that they moved away from over broadband?  While I guess you could question the intelligence of the original move (couldn't they get a satellite connection before?), to me, moving back is a pretty expensive way to own a mistake.  On the other hand, I've had broadband the whole time, so maybe I just don't understand.



Hi Jon,

I don't know about you but I would never move anywhere that didn't have broadband access. Maybe I've been too spoiled. I remember we had a broadband outage once that lasted 3 days and it was miserable. Ok, I'm definitely spoiled.

11/13/2008 09:32

I think it is a kind of isolation to leave in place without broadband. A friend of mine used to live in Beiruth (Lebanon), he could not see a youtube video lively, he had to wait a loading time... Eventually he just left you tube while he as there. That is a kind of isolation, I think internet access should be a public service...

11/13/2008 11:41

Steve C, I couldn't last three days! I don't know what I'd do.

Stetoscope, I agree, it isolation in a certain sense. Fortunately, more coverage is slowly coming.


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