Dealing With Dial-Up

North Carolina consumers are getting a glimpse at how much of the state has broadband Internet access and where people are stuck with slower dial-up service.

A legislative panel that has looked for ways to expand high-speed Internet access into rural areas on Thursday unveils a map showing where broadband service is available. The map should demonstrate which parts of the state lag behind for a service increasingly considered as necessary for business and education.

The broadband availability map also is a condition for landing part of the $7.4 billion in federal stimulus funds states can claim to expand the service. Lawmakers see the map as helping position the state to claim the federal funds.


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  • by Ron Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    One would think that the state would invest the money instead of waiting for uncle sam to dish it out...as in way too many cases. It may well be that greed also plays a big factor in this issue. The companies just will not spend the necessary money to extend this service on their own....they are waiting for uncle sam to pay them more than the actual cost....that way, they make profits in a variety of ways. The company I have dial up with has been telling me for ten years that it's coming. I keep telling them that I don't want it when I am too old to see the monitor. It's about the same with cell service. We will see what the future brings, but I'm not about to hold my breath.
  • by why max? Location: pitt on Jul 9, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    What ever happened to wimax??? The new wireless broadband that was hyped so much.
  • by SUE Location: GREENVILLE on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    We have broadband across the street, but can't get it at our house....and you are right, you can wash a load of clothes waiting for dial up!!!
  • by ROBERT Location: SHILOH on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    I CANT WAIT TO GET HIGH SPEED INTERNET.IT SOULD BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYBODY,NOT JUST A FEW.WHEN WILL I BENEFIT FROM OBAMA'S PLAN.HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING YET.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jul 9, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    Tell them to give the Telcos the money and HSI will get to the rural areas.
  • by Z on Jul 9, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    http://www.connectnorthcarolina.org/mapping/state_maps.php
  • by James Location: Chocowinity on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    My dial up at home is so slow that I can play 3 games of solitaire before my home page loads. Thanks Obama, and where is the map?
  • by A Dial-Up Customer Location: NENC on Jul 9, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Could you point us towards where we can see the map?
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