From the miscellaneous drawer - Where’s the internet?

Curse it. Coax it.
Un-plug, re-plug. Still nothing. Repeat the formula. Same results. Start over. Re-start. Where’s the internet?
I can imagine what it was like in the early days old Ely and Winton, when there was no indoor plumbing for bathrooms. During long ago summers on a rural Illinois farm, there was a pump in the kitchen for water, but other needs of humans took place down a brick path to the outhouse.
I can imagine when electricity and phones became a staple of rural civilization and finally there was safer lighting in homes and the ability to communicate with family and friends.
Phone lines were shared at first and courtesy had to be remembered. “I’d like to use the line. Sorry to interrupt your call. I shouldn’t be more than a few minutes..” I remember people saying that on a party phone line.
If only that ability was possible today. If you live in the rural area surrounding Ely and Winton (and many other small towns across America, I presume), you do not have consistent internet access. You may not have internet at all.
There is no way to tell a neighbor that you want to “use the line” even though the internet access charges go on and on as if such service was available to you 24/7.
If you rely on the internet for email work, or research and live rurally, you’re out of luck. Yes, there may be brief times when, after un-plugging and re-plugging cords, re-starting your computer, you may have Frontier internet access for a short while. Students required to use a computer for school work are out of luck.
It is unknown in the hinterland to be able to sit down and flip a switch and be ready for action.
Something needs to be done.
According to America’s Electric Cooperative, “As late as the mid-1930s, nine out of 10 rural homes were without electric service... On May 11, 1935, Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 7037 establishing the Rural Electrification Administration (REA)... it became evident to REA officials that established investor-owned utilities were not interested in using federal loan funds to serve sparely populated rural areas...in 1942, America’s electric cooperatives formed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).”
Would that work in the current situation? I don’t know, but something must be done to make technology equal for one and all.
And if it’s true as the LA Times noted that Frontier is “carrying more than $8 billion in debt — higher than the industry average relative to equity value,” what hope do we have there..?
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In the Ely Echo of July 21, 1997, twenty years ago, the headlines were:
• Portage tour, public forum part of Congressional delegation’s local visit;
• Airport matter drags on...and on;
• Ely Echo presents 25th anniversary event: Swing concert in Whiteside Park;
• School board considers internet upgrade;
Steger reaches North Pole; wins bet on arrival time;
• Editorial: Living wages should be required for future Business Park occupants.