Google calls them "fiberhoods", and the slow progress very likely indicates difficulty in getting access to utility poles. (at least at a price that Google is willing to pay) And if your neighborhood has buried wires? Tough luck for you, I'm sure.
Many years ago, TWC ran an underground wire in my NW Austin neighborhood with a 2-inch hammer mole, and dug a hole in 1/4 of the backyards along the block (every other house on one side) to access the pipe. Imagine having to do this a block at a time, taking a day or two per block. Of course there was still space left in TWC's little pipe, but I'm sure they wouldn't sell it cheap.
Thank you. It's good to see the ol' "your anti-spam technique is a fail" form. Christ, I bet you can go back 11 or 12 years and see this exact same story on Slashdot.
It was already old on Usenet before it reached Slashdot.
Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the fucking vanguard of shaving in this country. The K7 was the CPU to own. Then the other guy came out with a three-core CPU. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called the Athlon. That's three cores and an aloe strip. For moisture. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened—the bastards went to four cores. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling three cores and a GPU. Moisture or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fuck it. We're going to five cores.
Sure, we could go to four cores next, like the competition. That seems like the logical thing to do. After all, three worked out pretty well, and four is the next number after three. So let's play it safe. Let's make a thicker aloe strip and call it the AthlonSuperTurbo. Why innovate when we can follow? Oh, I know why: Because we're a business, that's why!
I have some contacts that dodge software limitations by doing the thing they need to do in the particular app that supports it.
For example, Excel. All we need to do is get Excel to support instant messaging. And of course e-mail. Got to keep up with emacs, ya know!
It is horrible, just like PHP. No, wait, sometimes it makes PHP look sane.
Basically, it is heavily slanted towards Eastern European phonemes, particularly in terms of using consonants that do not exist in many languages. But it has plenty of other weirdnesses too.
Have you tried using Discord? One group I was involved with moved to it from IRC.
Discord starts with badly contrasting colors for body text*, then adds tons of sidebar panes that you can't hide whether nor not you care about them. So the window takes up most of my screen (shrinking the window only shrinks the chat area), when I used to could follow the chat on IRC on the side of a wide-screen monitor and still have room for web browsing.
Yep, definitely a millennial UI. Please save us from this crap, Gen-Z!
* The stupid old Web 2.0 85/85 meme: 85% size, 85% gray, but they use a 15% gray background too! It also defaults to white-on-black, but at least the only other theme is black-on-white. I hate white-on-black, because I prefer to just turn down my display backlight when the room is dark. I hate it enough that I even made custom CSS for Hackaday.
Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.