Evolution of Broadband Has Yet to Hit Darwin, CA

We’re suckers for any story about a remote outpost where residents are outnumbered by abandoned cars 3-to-1.

LA Times reporter Mike Anton‘s wonderful front page look today at the middle-of-nowhere desert town of Darwin, California is full of the kind of details that used to make Charles Kuralt tick. In this one-stop-sign hamlet, the three dozen or so residents are fine with just about every part of the peace and quiet, except for the crappy dial-up Internet access:

A survey last year of major cities worldwide found Algiers, the capital of Algeria, to have the slowest average Internet speed. Darwin’s is slower by half.

“There’s a general frustration to the point of madness,” said Kathy Goss, 70, a writer and musician who moved to Darwin from San Francisco nearly two decades ago.

Darwin residents who have tried satellite broadband tell Anton the service has proven highly unreliable. Among the locals stranded by the prohibitive cost of getting broadband lines to Darwin is British born former ad exec Judyth Greenburgh, who with her husband lives in a hillside home made from a pair of massive cargo shipping containers.

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