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Re: OMG this stuff is metered!
said by McLovins :There are many places, even large cities which don't have unlimited internet service, even on DSL and Cable. But the reality of life is that if you have satellite internet, you will have caps.
I am shocked there are places in the United States of America that do not have unlimited internet service.
But next time, check each house you're considering to see if they have wired broadband.
While I also suspect that we are dealing with a troll, that doesn't mean that we can't have fun and learn.
First, I meant no offense to people living in a city by uploading that photo (from around Houston, TX).
I lived in a city for nearly 20 years! I went from Internet only on campus with a DEC VT320 in my office, to a DOV box and a VT220 at home, to dial-up (for 3 years?), and then I was one of the first batch of consumers who got to use a cable modem. There was something about that photo that made me think "Ugg, I wouldn't want to live there." I initially thought it was because there were "too many houses too close together". Upon reflection, it is the lack of trees which turned me off. And upon closer examination, it looks like there is one tree planted in front of each house. (That makes me wonder if their HOA dictates the number and/or variety of trees which can be planted.)
Next, I asked three well educated people if their ISP metered their usage. I started with a PhD in physics who lives several miles "up the road" and has CenturyLink DSL as his ISP. His response was "I don't know. It's so slow that it doesn't matter." Next, I asked a software engineer in a capitol city in Texas; his response was "Yes, but I don't remember the data cap." And then I asked a network operations specialist at a medium size city in Texas and his response was "Yes. I have no idea. It's generally done to identify compromised machines." As for the urbanites, when I visit them, I haven't noticed reality being altered into a paradise just because there is no concern over data usage. Yes, we can play video games and watch Netflix, but what else is there? Video on demand would be nice to reduce the clutter of owning DVDs and Blu-Rays, but my house has an entertainment center with storage built just for storing media. (None of us engage in file sharing or one other obvious usage of data.)
Finally, extra data is indeed for sale - it is as unlimited as your bank account. Internet data is just more expensive with satellites. What is less expensive in rural areas is water and sewage. (Hey, we've got unmetered water!) I don't know what the lifetime of a pump is, but the power to run it for non-agricultural use is negligible. Septic service companies suggest pumping the tank every 5 years, which means that it's OK to pump it every 10 years. At a cost of around $300 for pumping, that comes out to $2.50 per month. (If your drain field is damaged, that is an expensive repair - close to $20K, but that seems to be an Internet horror story issue.) A final cost savings of living in a rural area with a low crime rate is that homeowner's insurance isn't really expensive.
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Excellent counterpoint James; all valid arguments, none of which ever cross the minds of these Occupy types. Mention of file sharing is appropriate as well, which is little more than a PC descriptive for pirating - and is consistent with their "the world owes me a living" mentality.
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