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  •  My 83 year old Uncle lives in Mississippi (16+ / 0-)

    He is interested in EVERYTHING. He has been asking his son to get him lined up with broadband for a while and until just recently it wasn't available in his area at a price retiree could afford. When I visited him last fall I brought him a DVD full of text files from web sites I knew he would enjoy. He was amazed I had gotten all the information off the Internet. I told him it was like having the worlds biggest library at your finger tips. The other reason he needs broadband is for email. It is so much easier to keep in contact thru email, at least for me. I think for him too and the other advantage about email is I know he will be writing about family history and I will have those emails forever, phone calls can't provide that option. Social media is fine but in thinking about those in my family still on the farm, it is really doesn't hold the greatest value for them. It is a wider range of information and news, easy access to political/governent information and connection with family and friends.

    The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

    by cherie clark on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:16:01 AM PST

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    •  Good comment. Broad band access would (4+ / 0-)

      undermine the dominance of FOX New (sic) in rural areas, and give rural people a whole new level of access to the world.  I think it would gradually make a huge difference.

      YOur uncle sounds like a great guy.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:18:18 PM PST

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      •  He is terrific, still my favorite uncle and he is (1+ / 0-)
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        such a big supporter of Obama. He talks about him the same way my Grandfather (his father) talked about FDR.

        The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

        by cherie clark on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:22:51 PM PST

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        •  That's good to hear. I hope as this second term (1+ / 0-)
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          progresses there will be more and more people sounding that way.

          --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

          by Fiona West on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:07:37 PM PST

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