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For Marcy Gage, getting decent broadband service for her home has been a 15-year battle. Because of her location in rural Maine, she’s had to rely on expensive-yet-spotty satellite internet because the local cable company stopped laying lines about 2,000 feet from her house.
According to Charter/Spectrum, the cost to run that extra length was $60,000, well above what Gage can afford to pay. And the special “pandemic” rate she’s now getting from her satellite company concludes in September. Instead of $26 a month, she’ll have to pay $75 for the same below-par service, or $200 a month to get rid of the data cap.
In the interim, she is working from home, sharing an internet connection that regularly tops out at 5 to 7 Mbps with her middle-school-age son, who’s about to start remote classes. “We can’t both