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Faster Computer Connections Wanted

Date Posted: 2001-03-16

To all Internet users who live on the military installations on Okinawa, I hope this letter can bring some attention to a subject that may get all of us connected a little faster. Recently I spoke with Americable and asked them when they would be able to provide cable modem service? They informed me that cable modem service on base is at the mercy of the commanding officers and MCCS. Not knowing what the person on the phone meant exactly, I did a little checking on my own. FACT: Americable is ready to provide cable modem service on Kadena and USMC bases in approximately 6 months after the commanding officers and MCCS allow Americable to provide it. FACT: MCCS is fighting to keep Americable from providing cable modem service on base for fear of losing all the revenue generated by the dial up Konnect Service. So I wanted to tell a story to see how dumb the system works. Remember it is just a story and not fact, or is it? A few years ago, a business came knocking on the door of military installations world wide and said, "Hey we have gotten requests from customers to come on base and open a store." Well the military leaders and AAFES pondered for a little while and said, "If we let this business come on base, AAFES will lose business to them." After much complaining from the customers the commanders and AAFES let the store open up on base. When the store opened on base it begun to immediately take business away from AAFES. You wonder what is the name of this business? BURGER KING! Thatís right, a vital recreational part of most military installations around the world. Because the customers stood up for what they wanted, but who are the customers you may ask? They are the dependants at home and the visiting grandparents of the persons who controlled the vote to let Burger King come on base. Do you see the big picture now? Until Cable modem service, (like cable TV itself affected the dependants a few years back, maybe Americable should take away cable TV until they are allowed to provide both services?) affects the dependent at home watching only one channel on TV or eating from only one snack bar does anything get done. Sad point don't you think? Changes to military installations for comfort services around the block that happen take a chunk of money from AAFES or MCCS in this case are not put into effect by the military members themselves, but by the dependants at home! Also, a lot of readers of Japan Update do not live on base, so they may not care to hear this, but why not help those friends of yours on base that do, and make a point to spread the word to other computer users that want a faster connection. TACO BELL anyone?

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