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LETTER: D.W. Swanner offers suggestion to solve Adair Internet problems

Tired of the ALLTel's "it's in the works" answer to its DSL service in rural Adair County? For those of us who depend on the Internet, we're in a crisis situation. Doug Swanner offers a plan to get decent internet service in rural Adair County now! With Wildblue and Taylor County RECC involvement

I've been a resident of Adair County for the past3.5 years near the Coburgarea, closer to the lake. I live in an area that isn't serviced by cable or dsl (broadband) internet.

I have been checking out different satellite Internet Service Providers, and Wildblue seems to be the lowest priced/rural directed service available. Wildblue( drafted into KY in part by Gov. Fletcher's plank of having KY 100% broadband capable.

I've beenquietly watching Wildblue grow, and to my surprise one of their partners to join up in providinginstallation isMeade CountyRECC.

When I thought to myself, "what a wonderful idea" the immediate thought afterwards was "howcan wegetTaylor RECC to look intooffering such a service."

They already serviceAdair, Taylor, Green and Casey Counties for electricalpower, even a temporary partnership between Wildblue and Taylor RECC to speed up installation opportunites in these areas would be attractive. Since Taylor County RECC bills over 22,000 households, I'm sure that there would be a base for suchanendeavor.

Adair comes out on top. Wildblue's monthly rates are slightlyless than what Bellsouth offered in Louisville after they firstoffereddsl (which they now offer for $24.99).

Depending onwhich plan a resident picks, thesatellite baud rate (how fast your internet connection is) is wayover the baud rate of a dsl or a cable connection. The resident (or buisness)buys the equipment at $300, which is a little better than half than any othersatellite offering,with installation for $179.99. Typically, installation can get as high as $400 and the equipment well over $600 with other companies,along witha very high monthly fee.

Wildblue beats them all, hands down.

Installations require a FCC Certified installersincesatellite internet is a two-way communication. In reality, probably anysatelliteTV installer could do the job, but the FCC has the requirement for someone certified to install, therefore, internet satellite's take-off is slowerthan desired.

Both theDish Network and DirectTV offer internet satalite, but the costis rather prohibitive residentially. The Co-op could simply contractsome installers in place of hiring them. Their fees would becovered by the installation fees. On the tail-coatsof broadband internetthat the Taylor County RECC could install would be the typical internet opportunities. WWW.KYVU.ORGoffers a more affordable collegeeducation than the local colleges canoffer (KYVU starts at $98/credit hour,which is easy to compare tothe "low credit prices" that LWC and CU offers begins well over the $200 mark), all online from home.

Wife's college-on-the-internet much more difficult because of dial-up

Currently, my wife, a nursing student at Somerset,has taken a bulk of hercourses right here near Coburg. Any personin the four county areascan obtain up to half of the credit hours toward an associate's degree inmany fields, all taught out of established KCTCS, UofK and UofL courses and fully transferable.

She has been forced to take each online course one at a time due to the restrictions of dial-up. Sheis now at the point that theremaining courses are taught on campus, but, I am sure you can visualize the gassavings alone by taking what classes she couldonline.

Beside educationopportunities,business opportunites and general communication becomes to the pointof running over with broadband connections. These opportunities do nothappen withouta broadbandconnection, and each person investing into their ownconnection would be the fastest, moredependable method of making this so.

Ihave spoke with Alltel concerning streching their dsl connections further into the rural/county areas, and I have been told ever sincemy first inquiry to them that "it's in the works."

I gave up requesting updates to their "works," honestly, I don't thinkAlltel understandsthat "works" is a pro-active term indicating causing an action to occur. Three and a halfyears of thisresponse becomes a bit insulting to intelligence.They must believe it's a far moreof a polite way to tell me tobug-off, and Ican see why, one day it'sVerizon, thenAlltel, who knowswho in the future . .. leave the "works" and expense forimprovement to those who will provide telephone service next.It sort of falls into the warriors statement, "Remember to pillage before you burn."Thethirdmethod,satellite,has become much more affordable to thecounty residents and businessesof all four counties.

All that is needed is for an organizationto step up and provide a base of installers, just like Meade County RECC has done. After Meade County RECC provides the certified installers, they step out of the picture as Wildblue becomes the Internet Provider - but the residents served by the Meade County RECC still have their RECC to thank for the initial step.


Doug Swanner
215 Boat Ramp Road
Columbia,KY 42728

This story was posted on 2005-12-02 05:28:56
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