I currently use Sprint DSL service (and it works extremely well) but my mama told me to never look a gift horse in the mouth (not sure what she meant ...). Then I read this:
Bland is Va.’s new wireless ‘hot spot’
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLAND, Va. — Bland County is officially the first “hot spot” in Southwest Virginia.
In what the county Board of Supervisors hope will lead the way for all of Southwest Virginia in technology and innovation, Bland will be the first community in Southwest Virginia, and one of only three in the Commonwealth, to launch wireless Internet access free to its citizens next month using the latest in broadband deployment technology, according to County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet.
Sweet said the installation work on the free broadband service is scheduled for completion on May 1 with the service going live on May 4. (link)
“The installation is going to be very rapid because of this technology,” Sweet said. “Since we are only activating downtown Bland as a hot spot in phase one of this juncture, it will not require extensive equipment.Now let me say, up front, that I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jonathan Sweet. He's doing yoeman's work for us.
But for him to tout the fact that downtown Bland is going to have wireless service soon is like saying he'll personally autograph every Bible owned by a Democrat in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Neither is going to require a whole lot of effort.
"Downtown" Bland consists of an IGA, a State Farm Insurance office, a heating/air conditioning repair company, the public library and an auto repair shop (I'm not going to count the Dollar General or the Nextel office; they're in the suburbs).
This would suggest that the county went down to Wal-Mart, picked up three wireless routers, and is in the process of installing them at State Farm Insurance and the library (hard to say where that third one will go; Congressman Boucher will probably ask that it be installed at the abandoned and crumbling Bland Sportswear factory - just in case).
Anyway, the emperor of Bland County says this is progress and I'm inclined to take his word for it.
Still, I'm not sure how this advancement beats just opening a window and hollerin' to the folks "across town" but, by gum, we've entered the technological age here in Bland County.
Next - a community hot tub.