I Spoke With A Lady, Who Works For TDS, Who Still Has 30Kbps DIAL-UP — In Rural Wisconsin (Through TDS).
.by Anura Guruge
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I had called up to double confirm (and get on the record) that I had cancelled my DISH account as of June 21, 2013 — given that I pay my DISH bill through TDS.
She was a TDS rep. that worked in the billing department. So once we had the DISH cancellation recorded, and TDS is very good at keeping notes about phone conversations against your account, she started asking me whether there was anything she could do to make my TDS service better. I said I wanted more bandwidth. She checked what I had and said that I am getting the max. available in this area, q.v., 15 Mbps (download).
She then told me that she still uses dial-up. I was floored. She lives in farming country south of Green Bay. She only has two options: satellite internet or dial-up via TDS, Wisconsin TDS’ HQ. Wow. She thinks she gets 30Kbps. I am humbled. In 1997 when I moved to the Lakes Region I could only get ISDN in Meredith — at 64Kbps. I got two ISDN lines and an aggregator so I could have 128Kbps.
I really had no idea that people still had dial-up!