This topic may come to a surprise to many or maybe not. I apologize to my regular readers as this is a bit off topic. We live about an hour or so outside of Chicago and about 8 miles past the last major suburb. This is not the end of the world, or well maybe it is for technology and communication companies. But for our family, it makes sense because we like the space that crowded neighborhoods cannot provide. I can ride motocross in the backyard, shoot guns and archery, the wife has plenty of space to garden and I don’t have 5 neighbors staring at me while I grill hamburgers. But for these luxuries I live in the 1990’s when it comes to internet service.
The need for better internet with faster speeds and no bandwidth limits is only getting greater each year if not faster. I have not been able to watch a Youtube video without it buffering for 10 years. If we get a new game for PS4 or Xbox One and it requires an update of 1-2gb or more this might force us to wait days before playing. Oh and all this with the console companies wanting to get rid of physical media and go only to downloading games. Using streaming TV and movie services is also extremely difficult.
Sure I’ve tried every possible solution that might exist and so has all of the other people that suffer from these same problems. But the telco, cellular and cable companies do not care about what I would call the “Reverse 1%” when it comes to internet options. There are several cellular companies that provide decent 4G LTE service in our area but to get enough bandwidth to make it usable on a monthly basis would cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
We were customers of a new service called Karma and they offered 4G LTE server with a 5Mb cap but unlimited bandwidth per month. Well that only lasted a few months before the idiots running things over there decided to change things. You can read about it here. They took what was a pretty good option that made it unusable for the people that really needed it. It was good enough that we even paid for two accounts there, one of which was a Christmas gift for our kids. The gift of sort of usable internet, it’s what every kid wants as a present in 2015. This Karma screw up and years of pain is what motivated me to write this.
There is a business opportunity here for someone and they are ignoring it. Back in the early DirecTV days they were not allowed to sell satellite TV service into areas that you could get cable in, until the laws changed. Companies like Verizon, ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile ext. could do the reverse of this. Offer a 4G LTE service with unlimited bandwidth to people in areas that have no or only terrible internet options for a reasonable rate. This does not seem like rocket science, and you don’t have to offer it en masse to others that have good options already. I don’t expect 1Gb internet for $10 a month, but would be willing to pay $150 for unlimited 4G LTE without speed limits.
Sure we could move and after this long it’s something that we are considering. But to find another area that we like that also has good internet will require some time and effort. This problem won’t go away for everyone else because not everyone can or is willing to move. So common man, let’s get this fixed. It’s 2016 and everyone should be able to binge watch their favorite show from Netflix.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design