You say there is little cell phone service. Do you get cable there? Our cells don’t always work well here, but we do have a local cable company who we have our internet connection through.
I have no idea how many of our residents own computers, but I do know there is at least one wireless system in the area - sometimes our laptop hooks up with it instead of our secure system that is in the office, so we have to keep track of where we are connected. On the other hand, most of them own a big screen tv.
One of our tenants is getting ready to take her television down to basic and get rid of their internet because she is no longer working and applying for disability. (Believe me, we would much rather them do that than not pay lot rent and hosue payment!) I tend to think, however, that most do not have computers or internet. We only have two who pay by check; everyone else pays by money order. I think that is a gauge to the - shall I say sophistication - of our residents.
I won’t say that is the case overall - we have a teacher and some medical professionals living in the park. As I talk with residents I learn that several either have children attending college or their children have graduated. They, however, have always been blue collar workers and have not had any reason to approach today’s technology, or the money to do so since they were busy educating their children, hoping to give them better lives than they have had. I do believe, however, that as schools require young students to have more and more computer skills and to complete homework by computer the day will come where parents will see the usefulness of getting computers for their homes. As these same children grow up and some of them become our tenants, they will have computer skills that their parents lack.
So, bottom line is I totally agree with Anne. There could be liability. If they have a computer and want to get on-line, then they should just go ahead and use the dialup that is available. Hopefully by the time that everyone is looking for the service there will be one provided for your area.