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Kevin Hunt: Broadband Service vs. The 500-Foot Driveway

Kevin Hunt: Broadband Service vs. The 500-Foot Driveway

Whenever a cable service offers two Internet speeds it's almost always a good thing, except when those speeds are slow Internet and no Internet.

Karen and Richard Rabe were stuck in slow-no because first AT&T and then Frontier could not bring high-speed Internet service because of the 500-foot driveway leading to their Willington home. Staying connected wasn't a luxury — the Rabes operate a general-contracting company that specializes in lead abatement, RER Associates, from their home.

How slow was their Internet service?

"Once we wanted to watch a movie on demand," says Karen Rabe. "We first had to download it — it took 12 hours....

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