This just blows my mind.
I cannot wrap my head around this. My first reaction to this woman (after making fun of her pronunciation of “cheeuldrun”) was to yell, “GO TO THE LIBRARY, YOU MORON!!!”
At that point, Steve left the room to go hide. He knows better than to stick around when a rant starts.
Look. I live in the country. Seven miles, driving, from the center of the nearest ‘big’ town, which boasts a population of about 6,000. As the crow flies, I’m about two miles. I got DSL two years ago. Before that, it was dial-up, to the tune of about 14.4 kbps. Now? I’m running about 54 Mbps. I have no idea what speed broadband boasts, but I’m sure it’s faster than I have.
And you know what? Not once, not a single time, did I demand that the government provide internet access for me. Yes, I whined plenty that the companies were ignoring the rural parts of the country, and I even went in my head to the “what if” concept: what if the government DID require that companies provide broadband access to everyone, like they did with phone lines ‘way back when’?
And I came to the conclusion that it would be more taxes, more wasted money, more bureaucracy, more CRAP, and less efficiency. And somehow, some way, the government would decide, at that point, that they have the absolute right to dictate what we get to see and access. I saw it happen with digital TV – thanks to THAT ‘wonderful’ program, I now have NO TV coverage during the times that I absolutely NEED it… when a nasty, tornado-filled storm is bearing down on my house. That happens, and immediately, the digital cuts out. That never happened with analog. But the government has decided what’s best for me, and apparently, lack of digital tv during an emergency is FAR more important than a slightly snowy picture of the storm that’s about to hit.
So, I’m listening to this woman – because they played this very video on the radio – and I’m screaming in my frustration, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Use the internet at the college that you attend. Use the internet at school. TELL your teacher that you don’t have access at home. I’ll BET that she’ll let you stay after school to do your research, or will accept BOOKS as a viable alternative.”
I get that she lives in a depressed neighborhood, that the main industry that supported that town went away. But when that happens, you have two options: attract another industry to your town (they’re a Native American Tribe. Open a casino) so it’s not wasting away, or move. But don’t just SIT there and whine that, in the face of complete financial meltdown, the BIGGEST problem your town has is lack of broadband internet. And the only solution to that is for the government (me) to give it to you.
My grandparents… heck, my PARENTS…would slap this woman silly, if she said this bullarkey to their faces.