<h3 class="article-meta-day">Saturday</h3> <span class="article-meta-date">Jan 5, 2019 at 4:10 AM</span> <span class="article-meta-updated"/> </div> </div> <div class="inner" readability="41"> Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 was the day broadcast television officially died. At the age of 57, I have always enjoyed the fact that over-the-air broadcasts were free, high-quality, and truly, all one needed to stay informed. But now, as a rural Ohioan, I am seemingly cut off from the mainstream of society.
Knox County provides limited options for internet service, at extremely slow data rates (averaging below 5Mbps) over poorly maintained phone lines, via DSL. According to the National Association of Broadcasters, approximately 7 percent of us use an old-fashioned television antenna to receive broadcasts, in high definition no less. No cable bills, no hassles. But our numbers are dwindling.
I so looked forward to watching the Rose Bowl, but the truth hit me hard. After fiddling about with my Apple TV and realizing the current providers of ESPN would not be able to stream over my slow DSL connection, I would have no luck and no game.
I am in an emotional funk, but I will not pay the additional fee. And I will not see the game next year.
Laurence Trask, Mount Vernon
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