"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Friday, September 19th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | > | >>

Wandering alone in the communication desert


Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I have a personal beef with my telephone company, one I presume others in Preston Township might share.

For the past couple of years I have been asking CenturyTel when they will be providing high speed internet services to my rural home. And for the most part, I have received cautious encouragement to be patient, its only a matter of time. But I have finally come to the conclusion that I am just getting the run around.

Presently at our home we have computer access to the Internet via dial-up hook-up at 38,000 bytes per second (bps). This is slightly better than the 28,000 bps available five years ago. Meanwhile other Preston Township-ites with Ace Telephone and Harmony Telephone service are cruising at up to 1.5 megabytes per second (our area coop telephone companies have done a great job of responding to the needs of its rural customers). The same is true for those residences who have a line of sight to the Midwest Wireless receiver in Preston.

CenturyTel does provide high speed Internet service to Preston, which includes a three mile radius of the city. Of course, I live four miles away and I am on the other side of a hill preventing line of sight access to the Midwest receiver in Preston.

For the uninitiated, speed is everything in surfing the Internet because of the load of information available, the interactive capabilities of the medium and the vast use of graphics and digital images - 38,000 bps is the equivalent to using a crank-up wall-mounted phone on a party-line from hell. Meanwhile everyone else is using the equivalent of a satellite phone. Dial-up Internet is no longer an option.

I got excited six months ago when a CenturyTel engineer told me that the plan was to have rural residences near Preston connected by January or February 2006. This was after being told for a couple of years that if you can find a cluster of other rural residences (I think four was the magic number) the telecom company would hook us up. Of course I told the company that I had three neighbors, all of whom lived within a quarter mile of me, waiting for high speed Internet.

So, this past week, after talking with customer representative Lisa, and, then, her supervisor Donna, I was told that there are no plans to hook the Torgrimson household up to the rest of the world at a speed that will get us anywhere anytime soon.

[Read the Rest]

The Wrath of God

Fri, Jan 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I dont care what people are saying uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin said in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech on Tuesday. This city will be a majority African-American c ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The oldest profession

Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If we were in Washington, D.C. right now, we could probably hear the swoosh sounds of emails being deleted and the brrrr of faxes and other correspondence being shredded.

Those fat cats we elected are running for cover with the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A call for help

Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

At 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15th Jacob and Sarah Byler looked out their window and saw flames consuming the roof of their farm machinery and furniture making shop. Immediately two of the oldest boys ran barefoot a quarter a mile to the neighbor ..... 
[Read the Rest]

More analysis from less data: an oxymoron?

Fri, Dec 30th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Federal EPA proposes to change the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) programs reporting requirements to reduce the burden on industry and business despite being unable to demonstrate significant complaints from business and industry. They propose t ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Life must be lived as we go along

Fri, Dec 30th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The end of the year is as good a time as any for reflection. One year comes to an end, another begins. Perhaps, we are worn out on the one hand - 365 days of good and bad all piled up into an exhaustive collection of events. And, yet, on the other ha ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Bush-enomics and the value of human life

Fri, Dec 16th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I would say 30,000 more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis, President George W. Bush said matter of factly last Monday in response to a question of how many Iraqis have died in the war. ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Natures Toys

Fri, Dec 16th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

At this time of the year, when people labor over their Christmas lists, I think looking into your heart and asking what is really important you find that being together and sharing should be at the top of your list.

This collec ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Minnesota school funding falls $1 billion short

Fri, Dec 9th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Financial experts announced last week that based upon the educational resources needed to meet federal law and state standards for student achievement, Minnesota schools are underfunded by nearly $1 billion annually.

The study, ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | > | >>