Maybe. The Tel. Co. has throttled my "high speed" Internet to the crawling speed they claim I actually paid for and then -- can you see it coming? -- dangled their new high speed superzoom fiberwhatever* in front of me at a low, low price, only $3.99 more a month than I'm already paying like a worm on a hook. --The hook is, twelve months later, I'll be paying $10 more a month.
The barb on the hook? Ya gotta have Teh Innndernet. Cable companies around here are egregious clods, who I would not let run a wire into my house if money came out it and won't sell you the 'net unless you sign up for cabledammiteevee, too, and on that there are really only three things: the local stations you can get over the air for free, on-demand stuff my Roku/Amazon combo delivers at least as well, and crap Hitler/Alien/Mermaids/Seance channels that used to run science and history programs but gave up after realizing rehashed tripe, cold readings and program-length commercials for claptrap and quackery made at least as much money if not more and cost less to produce. (The kicker for me was the leaked memo from one of the historical channels, exhorting producers for "less gray hair" in their choice of experts. Yeah, done.) So I'm stuck with The Phone Company and they're stickin' it to me -- but less so than the competition.
When your regulated utility wins business by virtue of being the least sucky, that's not exactly a badge of honor. Don't go looking for them to care about it any time soon. As Lily Tomlin said as Ernestine the Operator, "We don't have to care. We're The Phone Company." Yep.
* Fiber. Y'don't say. Umm-hmm. --Except the last mile is still copper and very likely will be the very same copper as is already there. The trunk and distribution (or whatever telcos call it) around is here is already glass and has been for several years; I can bicycle to the outdoor enclosure where my very own phone pair (and those of all my neighbors) gets turned into glass for the dreadful long haul a half-block over and a half-mile up to the local phone switch, our former exchange. Don't frikkin' blow smoke at people who put out fires for a livin', TelCo.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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