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Re: “Still no broadband

Louisiana is not any better. I, too, live approximately 25 miles from our state capitol, Baton Rouge. Four years ago I contacted the Public Service Commission here in Louisiana and provided to them, who in turn provided to AT&T, our land-line telephone provider and the "only" cellphone provider in the area, although cell service is iffy at best, the names, addresses, and an indication of whether each person living on our dead-end street would be interested in purchasing DSL/broadband if it were available.

Even though DSL ties in approximately 1/2 mile from our street and even though more than 80% of the residents on our street indicated they would not only be interested but would commit to signing up for DSL if it were made available, DSL has still not been made available to us nor has there been any indication that it would be in the foreseeable future.

Yes, HughesNet and WildBlue are available, provided it's not too cloudy and as long as there are no trees or structures obstructing the view to the sky, but for simplicity's sake, I like describe it as costing 4 times more than DSL for 1/4th the speed; again, provided it's not too cloudy here in the Deep South.

We currently have the highest/fastest monthly package HughesNet offers for less than $100 per month ($79.99), but do not even think about watching one 1-hr program on Hulu, for example, because that alone will exceed the fair access policy or the amount of data you are permitted to download within 24 hours unless, of course, you are downloading between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m when you're offered unlimited amounts. I assume that most folks interested in DSL/broadband, however, sleep at night as they have work and/or school and/or other commitments during usual business hours.

It's no wonder Arkansas and Louisiana continue to rank near the bottom in so many areas! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like some things are going to change anytime soon.

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Posted by Ethel, LA on 02/13/2011 at 2:50 AM

 

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