Your ISP can punish you if you have used more bandwidth than allowed in the TOS I have discovered. Yesterday the computer slowed to a crawl, slower than dial-up. I wondered if the rains in California had knocked out power to the distribution center or if something more sinister was happening to the internet.
No, an incredibly slow search turned up that Hughes Network, a satellite internet provider to which I and many rural customers are attached to, can individually target my computer and slow me down to a dead snail's pace if I have gone over some limit that I have no idea what it is at the moment since I am still a slacker residing in the luxury basement accommodations.
It seems that the 69 updates for Microsoft and Windows that were needed to get the crashed computer back up to speed from a couple of years old, factory condition operating system re-installation sucked up a lot of bandwidth and my satellite dish was punished for 24 hours.
ISPs have the ability now to target individual computers. They can certainly target individual sites. This makes the need for Net Neutrality all the more necessary. Given the power and the ability to charge for preferred access we can easily imagine the results won't be in the consumer's best interest.
I needed to get out of the house anyway. The ground's still froze and a bit sticky, not the best conditions for shovelin' dirt in the cabin's basement patio and I kinda tweaked my back cutting up the rest of the fallen trees by the big blue pot.
I decided to go for a drive down a road not yet taken, to see more of the neighborhood.
Tucked into the folds and coves of the mountains is an older way of life that is coming into more and more contact with a burgeoning world. Sprinkled into this rural farm land were quite a few luxurious mountain style homes. I do not think farming in these mountains has all of a sudden become such a lucrative enterprise that these big houses are beginning to pop up. I didn't take a picture of one. You know what they look like.
Up at the top of Crabtree Gap there is a view down into the town of Canton. Mt. Pisgah and Cold Mountain are in the distance.
Looking back in the other direction is another view of Mt. Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that I can see from my place too. Tennessee is just over that mountain, down the valley and at the top of the next mountain ridge.
The old still lingers.
And on a clear sunny day I was fortunate to be able to see it.
Driving through the neighborhood, once again I realized how wise the resident gardeners were when they picked this spot I now call home some thirty years ago.