Originally Posted by Captain318
FYI I do live in a Rural Area with Satellite. I was born and raised here and moving is not an option (Still lots of us out there pal) And, Satellite is frequently out. This is a Console afterall so I should be able to take it any damn place I choose w/o it bricking itself. If that's not possible it's not a console and might aswell be a desktop PC. It's locked down so its useless as a PC too isn't it?
This isn't even taking into consideration that loss of ownership and control of my purchased games and the potential for them to dictate the market.
EDIT: you are drastically underestimating how many Rural Xbox customers there are. There are vast distances in the US between Cities and somebody has to grow and distribute the food that feeds the city dwellers.
You also cannot automatically assume everyone in a Rural zone lives in the middle of nowhere because I don't yet still lack a good service. I have Natural Gas though on a paved road with lots of neighbors and 5 miles from 2 towns serviced by cable
I'm right there with you on what you said. I get amazed by people that don't know any better and just assume you don't have money to live in the city when it's nearly the exact opposite. More than several of the houses around here are VERY nice and many well over $250,000-1+ million in cost. People that have money have built new homes on purpose here and continue to do so because of the community. Most have our own city water and gas lines too with satellite TV. Real estate, good farm real estate is always in demand. People in the city are looking to move to a nice quiet place and pay good money to do so.
In the most recent survey, the US Government says that at least 5% or 14.5 million US homes are without any form of high speed internet service. It's simply not offered due to the cost and number of people to make it viable. Not everyone lives in the middle of nowhere either. You can travel outside most cities around here and they are all small towns. Only the major metro areas have a lot of choices when it comes to high speed internet.
Thank goodness though that some rural co-ops are going for wireless high speed service for WISP in some places. They get government subsidies to help with the cost for rural internet service, otherwise it would not be possible from a cost standpoint. We got it several years ago around here, so I do have high speed. But the service is limited and no where close to the speeds you got in the city from cable or fiber. Still, it's enough and we don't have to put up with the city. Hopefully, other towns can get a co-op going and do the same as this is likely the most viable option for a long time coming.Edited by HiTekJeff - 6/21/13 at 10:37am