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Published December 28, 2021

Bulletin Internet faster than ever

Angleton office finally got fiber optic service

By John Toth / The Bulletin

The Bulletin is now brought to you by lightning speed Internet, thanks to my perseverance to upgrade to the almost-highest data speed available in my little town.

The reason I didn’t get the highest speed, 1 Gigabyte, is because I didn’t think it was worth the extra cost. I got the 600 Megabyte speed, which is really much more than we need, but what the heck?

For the benefit of our readers who are not tech-savvy, the higher this number, the faster you can download more stuff from the Internet, so the computer spends less time waiting to process the data.

It all started when some workers knocked on my door and asked if they could dig up the back portion of my yard to lay cable lines for Xfinity.

“Why, of course you can. When can I hook up to it?” I asked enthusiastically.

It would be a while. They were running cable up and down the street and digging up everyone’s backyard. That was a good sign, though. We could soon be free of the AT&T service we had, which was dependable, but often very slow. The equipment I was renting was outdated.

There was that one time when someone’s cable lines were cut, and it knocked out our Internet for three days. But for the most part, AT&T did the best it could by sending an Internet signal through the phone line. If the company would have offered the fiber optic service, I would have stayed with it. But Xfinity was digging up my backyard.

“What would it take for us to keep your business?” asked the nice representative on the line when I called to cancel the AT&T service we’ve used for many years.

“If you can provide me with the same speed for less, I’ll stay,” I replied.

“We can’t do that yet,” she said.

It was a cordial talk. We said goodbye, and I prepared to hang up.

“Before we finish, Mr. Toth, would you say that the service I provided you with today was excellent, or… .”

I replied before she could finish her lines. I knew we were being recorded for training purposes.

“It was more than excellent. On a scale of 10, it was a 12.” I said softly. And with that, we departed.

Then the new Xfinity kids on the block threw the switch activating their new gear and made me forget all about the former provider - in about - well, instantly.

It used to be a lot different - and slower.

I still remember the days when The Bulletin had to function without the Internet.

We actually ran a column under the headline “What is this Internet thing, anyway?” That was about a year or so after we started publishing.

Back in those days, we also had to physically construct the paper each week on layout sheets and then take it to the printer. It was a lot more work than bouncing ones and zeros around inside the Internet and having them come out in the right order on the other side.

I’d like to say that I miss those days, but I don’t. It was a lot of physical work, and the quality was lower than what we can do with digital production methods today.

And at the heart of all that is the Internet. Everything we do relies on it now, which is the main reason I hounded Xfinity until it finally got around to taking my money in return for a fiber optic line and some new equipment.

Hey, this is Angleton. It takes longer to get upgrades here than in more commercial cities, such as Pearland or Lake Jackson.

We were still on rotary dial phones here while the rest of the world was already playing songs on their touch tone phones. Some guys who did that on the radio got pretty good at it.

We have come a long way, baby. Bring on that speed and take me higher.

No, not that. I know what you’re thinking.

(John looks forward to hearing from you on this subject. Send comments to john.bulletin@gmail.com. You can even send an old-fashioned letter to: The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516.)