When I first arrived at Al Asad, my only internet options were at my desk at work, with a highly restrictive firewall, or a long hike to wait in line at the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) building. Within a few weeks I managed to find a guy with a satellite dish and have enjoyed (at some expense, but worth it) a connection in my room since then.
This week, two new internet options became available. Another in-room option, with the same price but more restrictive bandwidth limits, officially sponsored by the base. And our unit just installed our own local MWR trailer a short walk from where I live, complete with phones and less restricted computers, for free! And much shorter lines, of course, than the big building. It's interesting how technology is spreading. It definitely makes keeping in touch with home easy. Too bad it's a bit too late for me to take full advantage of. But I'm not complaining, really.