said by Ben:And you're reducing it to an extreme case.... Most places NOW have access to multiple forms of broadband... And MOST people don't think having an EYESORE in their front yard is worth it when it would make MORE business sense to have it placed somewhere more discreet... Legally, they have every right to place it there, and broadband DOES increase property values for people who WANT broadband, but a big box REALLY does hurt property values when it is sitting, rusted and not maintained 10 years later when you're trying to sell your home..
Huh? It's completely worth it.
I would be far, far less inclined to buy a property if the best I could get (without modifications) was either satellite or dial-up Internet.
I remember how slow dial-up is. Sometimes I still know, because of my back-up dial-up connection.
Go back to dial-up or even ISDN as my primary connection? No way! I don't want to wait days just to download the latest service pack. That and I sure do love running servers.
So let's see, the choices are:
A) Use dial-up. To download the latest Fedora Core 8 DVD image (which is 3.18GB) would take close to a week, if you run the dial-up 24/7.
B) Live with a large box nearby, but download the same DVD image in less than 18 minutes (assuming 25Mbps download).
Wow...what a tough decision.