10 forgotten wonders of 1980s homes

Geoffrey Oltmans oltmansg at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 13:59:08 CST 2015

On Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM, Jim Brain <brain at jbrain.com> wrote:

> We were spoiled in South Dakota, as somehow (and I am sure someone knows
> and will enlighten us/me) the rural telcos (LECs?)  tapped into lots of
> funds from somewhere to drop fiber to all of the rural homes.  50Mb was the
> slowest speed, as I recall, for data.  The catch was that you had to buy a
> telephone service with your Internet, probably for some legal/regulatory
> reason.  But, it was cheap, and we bought just the basics, and 50Mb was
> more than one could expect when you are 8 miles from the nearest town and
> on a large acreage.  So, in markets where this type of service is offered,
> I think telcos will thrive.

Probably the FCC's Connect America Fund. This is meant to do for broadband
what the REA did for electrical power.

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