I live in a rural county dominated by crop and cattle. Our Internet is a duopoly of phone companies. One sells cable and VOIP the other sells DSL and landline.. Both are expensive. If service was superior the cost would be tolerable. it isn't but we have no choice as there is no competition.
I live in a location that cannot receive the local radio. My solution was to purchase the NPR Livio Radio. It gives me all the access I need to news. The balance i can read in a local and regional papers.