Sunday, September 8, 2013

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans cuts off internet access to Dorm unit.

Welcome to the 21st Century where the internet is paid for by extra taxes on your phone bill, for public schools, libraries and such places, yet the Veterans home still will not get a proper internet system installed because the administration thinks it must monitor everything the veterans do or say or write on the internet - in other words, BIG BROTHER.

One of the past members helped get a big donation of wireless gear so that the dorm unit on Rankin 2 and 3, could at least have access to the internet. 4 wireless routers were installed on each floor.  And a member veteran must have a registered log on and password with the activities staff (in this case it would be Diana Knoll), to be able to access it..

Well for the last 2 months, only 2 out of the 8 routers have been turned on, leaving most of the people on Rankin, unable to connect to the internet.

At one time, an outside friends of veterans group was going to raise money to pay the cost (about 300,000 dollars) to have comcast go in and rewire the entire facility, and to raise money to pay for the monthly operating cost of giving internet to every bed in the facility. But the administration refused the offer.

Now even our dormitory veterans have little if any access to the internet. And those who do, and who can use it, do so regularly and in many cases, to keep in contact with distant family matters, as the internet makes it easier to do so.

Now that too, has been taken away from them. What is next?

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