[LMB] why we still need paper books

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Tue Sep 20 22:39:07 BST 2011

Palo Alto arranged for its own civic broadband, not because there weren't 
business interested in providing it, but because the local citizenry 
regarded the commercial offerers as greedy exploitive usurious types, who 
were going to charge prices for mediocre service at exorbitant profits for 
the suppliers and again, mediocre service.  Once upon a time also, 
localities owned and ran their own power and light companies as municipal 
businesses owned by the localities.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Becca
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:30 AM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] why we still need paper books

We live half way between Ann Arbor and Brighton in SE Michigan - two 
metropolitan areas. Our little town has broadband... up to about a mile from 
our house. We live far enough out in the country that it's not worth the 
while of the cable companies to wire us. The telephone company isn't 
interested in giving us DSL - we tried it, but we're just far enough from 
the junction boxes that every time the wind changed direction, we'd lose our 
connection. What we have is satellite, but it's metered, and we regularly go 
beyond our 24-hour allottment when I download my weekly podcasts. My husband 
has to download my audiobooks at his office, and bring them to me on a 
memory stick.

There is no indication that this situation will change. Not sooner, not 
So every time I hear about companies moving things totally to the Cloud, I 
shudder. Apple, I hate you.


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