"Several years ago I began telecommuting 100% to my corporate
job in Toronto, due to a significant health issue which required me
to spend hours daily performing health-maintenance therapy. My job
as a technical writer for a large company required me to access
many different applications real-time and transfer files in excess
of 20 mgb on a regular basis. Using dialup was a disadvantage that
added hours to my work day, each day-- transferring files at night
and accessing systems when system usage was not at its peak.
A lot of the time, I was "working blind": although I created
animated demos that received high praise, the download speeds at my
house were so poor I couldn't download any competitor's demos to
compare my efforts. It also made the "playing field" much more
difficult in terms of career advancement.
I was more than a happy customer when Skyview Communications
installed secure high-speed Internet the same day at the end of
January. The signal strength is excellent. I was able to connect to
my company's VPN and access the shared files -- something I had
never been able to do via dialup.
Best of all, prior to my call to Skyview, I'd just received an
offer for an opportunity at the global headquarters of the company
I work for. It's true that I was a contender because of an article
I'd written and because of certifications and experience I'd
acquired, but it would never have been possible for me to accept a
job as a senior usability analyst (working with countries across
the globe on their intranets) without reliable, high-speed
Internet. Now that the high-speed is installed -- I'll be commuting
virtually to global headquarters starting March 1st.
Just one month ago, I was more than a little dismayed that I
couldn't even take my Master's degree online, because even the
online Master Degree programs required high-speed access. Now I can
do what I like: apply for Master's programs, view content, see
virtual "museums" such as MoMa or the Guggenheim, see a world that
was hidden to me, and continue to work in a competitive workplace,
while having more time to maintain my health.