Residents want DSLservice |

Residents want DSLservice

William Ferchland

A group of residents tired of dial-up Internet connection off north Upper Truckee Road is enlisting county Supervisor Norma Santiago in its campaign for DSL service.

Patti Handal, a resident of Mountain View Estates near north Upper Truckee Road and a veterinarian, is pushing for high-speed Internet service to help upload videos, reports and be involved in veterinarian chat rooms.

For Bob and Jeri Jones, a deaf couple, having DSL means access to technology that would enable them more efficient communication with those who can hear via a videophone.

Handal wants Santiago, who represents Lake Tahoe’s South Shore on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, to include the areas without DSL when the supervisors hold closed-door negotiations with AT&T officials about bringing the service to burgeoning West Slope neighborhoods.

“We’re trying to make it a package deal so we all get it,” Handal said.

An enthusiastic Santiago said addressing the high-speed Internet access issue was one of the first topics she addressed when first elected.

“I am so grateful for the citizens group to bring forth what they’re doing in this regard because it’s providing us more evidence to AT&T for the need that we have for these particular high-speed services,” she said.

A petition has been circulating in four neighborhoods that Handal has identified as not having DSL: Mountain View Estates, Angora Highlands, the far end of South Upper Truckee Road and Echo View Estates.

The meeting with county supervisors and AT&T officials is scheduled for Aug. 21. Handal is trying to get as many signatures as she can by Aug. 17.

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