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Originally posted on Sweden Street:
I pay 38 dollars a month for my Internet connection. The man across the river pays nothing.
Our little village doesn’t even have cable TV. Until very recently we only had dial-up Internet connection. Now and then we would get flyers in the mail telling us our phone company now offered broadband in our area. I called them up and asked a couple of times, but always got the same answer – that offer didn’t apply to our number. A year ago I heard that our neighbor, who runs a Bed & Breakfast, had DSL from the same company. I called them up again. It turned out our main phone line, which is older, cannot handle DSL, but our third phone line, which is more recent, can. Done – we soon had a DSL Internet connection, and soon a wireless network. Our wireless network has a complicated password; it came with the installation. Our neighbor, on the other hand, doesn’t have a password, but an “open network”. We discovered that when our Internet connection slowed down and turned out to be running on his network by mistake.
The other day the antique store on the corner had an open house, and there were a lot of cars parked along the river road. I walked the beagles along the row of parked cars and jumped in the air when someone in a black Jeep coughed as I passed. In that car was a man who was watching the screen of a laptop computer.