I am thinking about getting rid of my high-speed internet and going back to the primitive use of a dial-up service with a local provider. There are a couple of reasons behind this, some of them are mundane, some of them are complex.
- The money is tight. Trying to squeeze all of my bills out of a GS-5 salary when I am used to living larger than that is quite the chore. Right now $40.00 a month is $40.00 a month.
- A variation on the issues that I have brought up in the past with sewers being delivered into homes. In many ways, high speed internet offers the same sewer in a different package. By backing down to dial up speeds, I seriously limit the availability of YouTube, porn, and mass media strangeness into my house.
- Google scares me. They store all of your data and apparently has no desire whatsoever to get rid of it at any point in time.
- What does “high-speed” internet really offer me? Does it make my life better? Does it allow me to better raise my children or maintain my home? Most of the answers to the critical questions appear to be “no”.