HOUSTON -- It’s a story of two towers in the small town of Liverpool, though right now neither one is standing. The city is starting to build a new water tower with a grant from FEMA, and just behind it there should be a communications tower, for the town’s Internet. But that one was just snatched away.
“The tower’s gone,” Liverpool Mayor Bill Strickland told two of the town’s residents inside city hall.
Folks have been piling into his office, or calling him up, all with one question: what happened to the Internet? Turns out it’s a hard one to answer.
“I really don’t know why,” said Mayor Strickland.
It started at the construction site for the new water tower. City crews digging there accidentally cut the power line to the Internet provider’s tower. It kept running on a generator, but then when Skynet came out to make the repair, there was another problem.
Mayor Strickland explained, “He said we’ll splice it and then hang it on the side of the wall, and then have it energized and I said, ‘no, you can’t do that.’”
That’s because there were three men working on the water tower, down in the hole where Skynet wanted to put the live wire.
“They said well it will save us $6,000 if we can do that,” said Mayor Strickland. “I said a man’s life is worth more than that.”
Mayor Strickland thought they’d reached a deal to delay the repair a couple days. But then on Monday, Skynet pulled out their tower, the Mayor says without warning or a clear explanation why, and now Internet’s down to the whole town: at city hall, local businesses, and homes.
“I’m trying to do an associates in psychology,” said Skynet Customer Kathleen Guzman.
With two toddlers, Guzman’s only option is online classes, but now she’s quickly falling behind.
“I have a lot due,” said Guzman. “I have papers and it’s just ridiculous.”
Skynet did not want to comment on why it took the tower away, saying only it’s an unfortunate situation and they are working to quickly restore service.
But in the meantime, city workers found another Internet provider that they’re telling antsy neighbors they can call.
“I guess they thought we couldn’t do without them,” said Mayor Strickland. “But none of us is indispensable.”
Though in 2014, it seems the Internet is.