Check Out Fiber Optic Internet Now
(This is the second time I've written this. The first time my AT&T DSL connection dropped halfway through writing it and I lost everything and had to start over.)
Total Highspeed, a member of the Chamber, is investing a serious amount of money in Fair Grove, as the initial phase of running fiber optic cable to their entire service area, which includes a substantial part of Southwest Missouri. This gives Fair Grove businesses and residences something that most communities in Missouri can only dream about.
I know everybody isn't going to sign up for this service for economic reasons, but you really should think again. You'll be able to use a high speed internet connection to do things that you may not be able to do now.
- Voice Over IP (telephone service) No more land-lines.
- Boost your cell phone reception. If you have lousy cell reception at home, you provider might give you a booster that will route your cell calls via the internet.
- Ditch the dish. If you have a television dish you can get almost all content from a variety of cheaper providers.
- Tele-commute. If you have a desk job and your employer supports it, you can probably work with your computer and telephone from home just as easily as you could work in the office. Cutting out two or three commutes to the office every week saves a considerable chunk of gas money.
- Pursue higher education. Many universities offer on-line classes, and research is enjoyable with really fast internet speeds.
- Tele-medicine. Many doctors and hospitals now offer remote diagnosis, consultation and treatment, saving time and money for trips and adding convenience.
It's hard to come up with a good analogy for what this type of internet service means, but the best I can do is compare highways. This will make more sense to people in Fair Grove.
Generation One: Before a real highway system existed, people traveled long distances by asking directions as they went. Eventually people wrote books with turn-by-turn instructions, and they were really primitive. (Drive straight about three miles. Watch for a large two-story white house with a red barn on your left. At the next cross-road, turn right...)
Generation Two: When Highway 65 first came into existence, it crossed into Greene County from the north at Potter's Ford, then zig-zagged through town by way of Cottonwood, Swan and Hickory streets past the Methodist Church, then south on Main. At Saddle Club road it turned right, then south on Orchard for a block, then straight west across the valley to Peace Chapel, then on to Springfield. This was probably mostly gravel and dirt (or mud).
Generation Three: The next version of Highway 65 was a two-lane concrete road that came in on North Main, then followed Orchard onto Old Shelby Road, and on to Springfield.
Generation Four: Next was the still-two-lane concrete road that follows its current route. Remember how nice it was when it was finally made into a four-lane road?
How does this compare to the internet?
In my opinion, the original dirt and gravel road was about like using a phone line and modem to access the internet. It was lousy, but it worked and it was all we had.
We now have progressed to DSL and some wireless, which in this comparison is just a little better than the Old Shelby Road stage of roads. We're at Generation Two+.
You now have the opportunity to jump on the interstate, a straight jump of two generations, and probably save money if you're smart. There likely won't be any technology that replaces fiber optic cable. This is it, the technological apex for internet access.
You really should investigate this ability to get fiber optic internet, and get this service now if you possibly can. You will never regret it.