A few months ago, the local Winner weekly The Advocate had a number of stories and ads concerning a company planning to do online teaching from Winner, SD. Eleution Technology, which was founded in of all places Ten Sleep, Wyoming, was looking for teachers in Winner for online instruction. I kind of wondered what happened to that.
Today in the Mitchell Daily Republic, a news story by Anna Jauhola lets us know even if local promoters, newspaper, and Golden West Technologies did not. The internet connections in Winner are TOO SLOW. Never mind that we have nearly always paid a premium for relatively slow service here compared to prices of fast service in other areas of the country. That has always been the case. There is no competition here.
Another bit of news going around is that soon all phone lines will be fiber optic. For rural areas, that is really frustrating to hear. Not too many years ago, Golden West replaced US West's obsolete coaxial cable system with underground wire. At that time I asked Golden West Representatives why they weren't also putting down fiber optic lines in the trench.. Doing it at the same time as the wire probably would not have significantly increased cost even if all the fiber optic side lines would have been dark fiber at the time.
Golden West's response to me was "Why would you farmers ever need that kind of bandwidth?" That struck me at the time as both insulting, shortsighted, and stupid.
Even so, Golden West service has mostly been much better than US West with its multi-party lines and frequent problems with the coax cable system.
But, It is irritating that to get news of anything that is not local hype for sports and business, we have to read it in an out-of-town paper.
*** Stay tuned, Eleution Technology may be coming to your town--- Doug Wiken