Electronic publication

Colleen silkie@frontiernet.net
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:33:45 PST
I think there still is a disconnect in understanding some people's access to
an internet that is "wet string".  In many areas it does no good to go to a
neighbor's as they will have the same type of access, or none at all, and
not every area has a library.  "High Speed" internet is a term, I found out,
that can be legally used for a range of speeds and a company is only legally
required to deliver the lowest speed even though they take your money for a
much higher promised speed, which I find too slow to  take advantage of a
lot of opportunities on the web.  If the school, which is 1.5 miles up the
road, turns on their computers it drains the speed from my computer.   Wi-Fi
can be very hard to find.   Here in NE Calif. we don't even have universal
cell phone coverage  and I will be traveling about 3 hours tomorrow where
there will be no cell coverage .  We can't expect things to get much better
for a long time because the population density is too low to justify the
capital investment.  I can't even get cable because the company said I was
too many power poles away from their last drop. Oh, and one more thing,
there are vast areas of this county that do not even have power so people
live with generators and bottled water.  In summary, it is not a lack of
knowledge or motivation that keeps people on "wet string" (I like to term)
hook ups.

Colleen in rural NE Calif.  11F last night and supposed to be lower tonight

Subject: Re: [pbs] Electronic publication

That, I realize, doesn't account for the many folks who still have slow
internet connections. Perhaps those people could prevail on friends or a
local library with better connections to do as I do and print. The BG has
been published only 3-4 times annually and is extremely small by
professional journal standards, thereby making it reasonably printable.
It's most often only 12 pages.

Pamela Slate

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