Let me get my soapbox out and begin my rant about the evil atrocity that is those companies, which shall remain nameless, that refuse to give us cable TV and broadband internet.
For whatever reason, the greedy forces of evil that control who does and does not get access to broadband and cable TV have decided our road is too far from the main trunk line to provide us those services.
We live less than a mile — on either side no less — from the utility lines which make the dream of cable TV possible. When you live in a rural area, many things about it are great. You know, no traffic, no train tracks so no noise, no clutter of the city.
Along with all the positive, as many of you know, comes the negative. Larger yards to mow, the wait for your mail to be delivered by rural route carriers and no cable.
While I understand how greed and a legalized monopoly allows corporate evil empires, such as the ones who shall remain nameless I am referring to, the power to keep the rest of us at bay.
Journey with me to my mythical land of “getting the chance to tell them off” as I expound further.
Dear Mr. Cable TV mega-giant,
You are simply evil and you are the leader of an evil empire. Your greed is only exceeded by your cold-hearted lack of caring about those of us who live beyond the limits of the reach of your precious cable lines.
How dare you tell me that it’s not cost effective to run a line 1 mile from where the trunk lies because there’s only a handful of houses on your road.
How dare you tell me I am not important enough to be able to access broadband because you can’t make an extra buck all in the name of greed.
How dare you tell me the chances are slim to none of ever getting it unless you pony up $20,000 or $30,000 to make it happen.
Guess what you intolerant ingrate with no competition, you can take those cables and use them for your own enjoyment. You have taken a basic need in the 21st Century and turned it into your own private bank.
In essence, you are robbing those of us in rural America an opportunity to benefit from the great wonders of this world. You are stealing from our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren the opportunity to learn.
You are taking away from me the opportunity to watch decent television without being forced to use streaming services. You are taking from me the opportunity to watch a game without hoping it doesn’t have to buffer.
Before you say it, satellite TV is not an option at our house, for reasons best not to disclose, let’s just say some don’t understand rain fade.
What gives those companies, which shall remain nameless, the right to dictate who does and who doesn’t get the services? I know, I know you’ve got a contract that says you don’t have to.
Well, here’s an idea to those in power, pull their contract and replace them with some company that will give all of us what we desire. Then you can take your pocketbook and bank account elsewhere.
Well, I’ve got that off my chest, I don’t feel any better, but at least I spoke my mind.
Talk to you next time.
Rick Curl is a reporter with The Daily Record. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-230-2037.