I have had an ongoing issue with internet connectivity. I thought at first that it was our modem or router. I was wrong. The internet provider (THE internet provider that has a near monopoly on internet service in my area) is I suspect limiting data. I have come to that conclusion after multiple times having my connection dropped/cut/shut down while Sparky is watching Netflix. I was watching Netflix and Sparky was online at his computer (a mere 2 feet away) when he was kicked off. He was a wee bit peeved (I grossly understate his reaction). This is when we started investigating. Seems that there are several neighbors who have experienced the same thing. Sparky called the service “hotline” which was less than helpful (understatement). In the fine print on a bill a couple months ago they mentioned that if we wanted “faster internet” we should sign up for a more expensive plan. I get that they want to make money. However they didn’t mention that “faster” meant that they were going to slow down and limit the existing plans.
I have to have internet. Well, not really. I do a lot on-line and with the physical distancing it has become an essential means of interaction with the world. I enjoy my online friends. Even if I am busy I like to touch base at least once a day. With a spotty connection that becomes difficult and frustrating. It is also necessary as I must enter my hours worked through an online portal. I want to be paid! It took me nearly 7 hours to enter my time as I kept getting booted just as I was ready to hit the Submit button. This made me angry, angry enough that I’ve been researching the alternatives. So far there just aren’t any feasible alternatives. Perhaps I need to take my laptop and sit in McDonald’s parking lot… And I would too if it weren’t so blazing hot outside!