If It Can Happen Here ...
HughesNet Comes to Lyme, New Hampshire
It brought to mind the (albeit paraphrased) line from the
Kander and Ebb number New York, New York: “If it can happen here,
it can happen anywhere. . .”
"What happened" is Internet connection and "here" is
Lyme, New Hampshire where we’ve been living off a dirt road and up a
500+-foot driveway for more than a decade. The experience has not been
without its challenges. We've been tested (sometimes to the point of
wondering whether the serene setting and sublime scenery are worth the
price) by plagues on the order of blizzards, a de-foresting spring
storm, power outages, cell-phones that don’t work in the wilderness, the
mess of mud season, and not least -- the exasperating and excruciatingly
slow process of Dial-Up.
Every so often, a DSL company would emerge from the
mountain mist promising relief from this last frustration. A cheerful
and confident rep would provide a modem along with us assurances that
swift and efficient linkage to the World Wide Web was not only possible,
it was imminent. Then the wait would begin. Typically, three to four
weeks when -- after many an unreturned phone call -- we’d finally get
the news: “Sorry, you’re just out of our range.”
And then we heard there was an Internet service where
range was not an issue. All that was needed was an unobstructed view of
the southwestern sky. Not a problem for people whose real estate taxes
include a hefty sum for views.
A week later, a little HughesNet satellite dish had
been planted on a hill behind the house. Looking out to the southwest,
it has since braved the elements, efficiently sending and picking up
signals without missing a cyber-second even through the early snows of
December and into January.
Photo by Harvey Frommer
Unlike the DSL purveyors, we have found in HughesNet a
company where messages never go unanswered. At HughesNet, there
really is such a thing as Customer Service. The people who work in it
are competent and helpful. They have helped us get all our
computers linked up, efficiently provided advice, and posed solutions to
our problems. Moreover, as there are times when (much as we love the
country) we've just got to get away, we can avail ourselves of
HughesNet's suspension of service feature which allows one to freeze
connections up to six months a year.
Recently we learned that with its newest, Boeing built satellite "Spaceway
3," HughesNet will be bringing satellite Internet to a whole new level.
We can't imagine what that might be. But for now, it's like the song
(almost) says: "If it can happen here. . ." And for us, that's enough.
As the authors of "It Happened in the Catskills," "It Happened in
Brooklyn," "It Happened on Broadway," and "It Happened in
Manhattan," we can now add another story to the series: "It Happened in
New Hampshire: HughesNet's High Speed Internet access has come to
Lyme -- and it's heavenly."
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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