Rural Pennsylvanians put up their own wireless tower



PHILADELPHIA — Big Valley is a living postcard of Pennsylvania with another rural tradition -- slow, unreliable, and expensive internet service. So a group of mostly retirees banded together and built their own wireless network, using radio signals instead of expensive cable. The nonprofit Rural Broadband Cooperative services anyone who can see the 120-foot, former HAM radio tower its founders bought and erected on a patch of land they lease from an Amish man at around 1,900 feet on Stone Mountain.

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