By Bob Weaver|
During a week in which politicians and business leaders spoke about rural areas
being poorly connected to the information highway, there appears a story about
basic service problems from the Frontier Telephone Company, formerly Citizens
Telecom, which provides service to several poor, low populated West Virginia
This is low-tech phone line service, we're talking about.
Frontier has cut basic phone internet service to its customers in Fort Ashby,
according to Frontier Vice-President Reed Nelson. A circuit was set up to allow
customers to call Cumberland without a long distance charge.
Nelson said heavy usage by internet customers was causing a blockage for "voice
Frontier reports the Public Service Commission agreed the best course of action
would be to block all traffic to internet service providers.
Frontier customers who have installed a second phone line for internet service would
also be affected by the cut-off.
Instead of 21st Century technology, it sounds like reverting to basic sound-of-voice
communication, first uttered in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell and his partner.
Nelson said Frontier cannot afford an upgrade of the Fort Ashby system that could
cost up to $30,000.
Calhoun's DSL or rapid-access to the internet has been made available within three
miles of Grantsville, but if you live in the country, which most Calhouners do, you're
just out of luck.