From his home just 19 miles south of Columbus in Ashville, Randy Hopkins can see the city skyline.

That makes it even more frustrating that he can't get reliable high-speed broadband service for his home-based software business, ProSystems Consulting.

Hopkins has "line-of-sight" service -- essentially a satellite system that relies on a signal bounced off an electronic repeater attached to a nearby grain silo. At night, the system slows to a crawl when too many people log on.

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