This is going to shock many of you.
There are people that do not have access to broadband internet.
They are still using dial-up in a day when the internet is plagued with Flash media and other slow-loading great ideas.
I live in a town with a population of around 100,000. I know people who live 20 minutes away and are forced to use dial up. They tell me about the horrors they encounter when someone sends them an attachment or when they hit a site that opens with an annoying Flash presentation. Ironic since a large part of the internet was developed at the University that is in my town.
The FCC is actually considering a nation-wide broadband service. My guess is they are excited over the triumph concerning the transition to hdtv. They say that only 60% of American households have speedy internet access. That puts the U.S. in 15th place among developed nations, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development. In 2001 the U.S. ranked fourth.
If I lived in a town with no broadband, I’d move the heck out of there. I’d also be spending a lot of time at places like Panera where they have no problem providing free wifi.
Yes, fresh air and no traffic can be stress-free but, not having broadband- now that’s a bigger stress for me.