Thursday, November 08, 2012

Private school in Vermont has to deal with the coming of broadband, undermining student discipline

Vivian Yee has an article about a private school and retreat in eastern Vermont, “The Mountain School”, where students are encouraged to do without modern communications, and where the lack of much broadband service (without a lot of “sharing” and good luck) makes that goal realistic.

Plans to bring fiber-optic cable and cellphone service to the town (Vershire, VT) could change all that. 
But right now, students have to make calls on pay phones and with phone cards.  Ten years ago, I can remember being approached about phone-card distributorships, and even then I thought that the idea sounded silly.

The story in the New York Times, p. A12, Nov. 8, is here

Wikipedia attribution link for Mt. Katahdin “Knife Edge” in Maine (two states over, but very remote),   My only visit to Baxter State Park (and a hike up to the lake) occurred in 1975.  

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