In the mixed bag of news today from GWTC or Golden West Technologies, we get news of a coming phone rate increase they claim is mandated by the FCC, but they will be letting West River customers call free to other West River customers and East River customers will be able to call other East River Customers. This seems like a totally irrelevant separation. For that "benefit" to mean anything to us, we would need to be able to also call eastern SD free. This half-step is not quite enough to persuade many people to forget about cell phones and stop disconnecting land lines.
Below is image with text from GWTC. On second and third reading, I am not sure if this means that GWTC rates were too high and adding on enhanced long-distance was a way to maintain the high rates, or for some reason, rates were too low and had to be raised and adding enhanced long-distance makes that increase more palatable.
Below is image with SD map showing GWTC exchanges.
This big hunk of steel is apparently owned by NexLevel,LLC of Maple River, MN which company is laying the fiber-optic cable for rural Tripp County. This should make internet service a bit faster here.
Guys working for GWTC said the actual cable placing will start sometime after May 23, 2013 which will give me some time to move junk around to make way for the machinery and cable. They said project was expected to be finished by September 30, 2013. There will be no service on the old copper coaxial line as the fiber-optic system is phased in.
*** Stay tuned for more on electrons converted to light and light to electrons. Gee whiz.--- Doug Wiken