Every time Darlene Smith, owner of Smith’s Used Cars in Georgetown, wants to run a credit check on a customer, she has to plug her computer into her cell phone and use her data plan. Going over her data allowance by “just a little bit” means high overage costs.
“We’re not that far off from [U.S.] 9,” said Smith, of the large east/west road that runs about a mile north of her business. She tried satellite connectivity, but that just never worked out. Now to cut costs, Smith sends customers to the bank for financing as much as possible.