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Cat enjoying free internet. Ariele Huff

Free Internet!

All the fuss about net neutrality

and trying to keep the internet free—

I'm afraid that is just a fantasy.

I will always pay, as far as I see,

for a modem, cell phone, and smart TV.

But there's another way. I've got the key,

and it doesn't cost a single penny.

The trick to getting internet for free

is going to a public library.

(I will thank you most politely

not to mention taxes to me.)

Lauretta E. Hertel is a born-and-raised Washingtonian who has enjoyed many years of being a nanny and is looking forward to dedicating more time to writing and photography in her retirement.

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