Why Satellite Internet Providers Tell us Where to Send Mail (LA 1584)

Why Satellite Internet Providers Tell us Where to Send Mail (LA 1584)

Transcript:

Steven Butala:
Steve and Jill here.

Jill DeWit:
Hello.

Steven Butala:
Welcome to The Land Academy Show, entertaining land investment talk. I’m Steven Jack Butala.

Jill DeWit:
And I’m Jill Dewitt, broadcasting from The Valley of the Sun. You like that?

Steven Butala:
I like it. Today, Jill and I talk about why satellite internet providers are continuously telling us where to send mail. This is a good thing.

Jill DeWit:
I wrote down a different reason as to why we care about this. And I’ll share that when we get into the meat of the show, but I got to tell you, I was struggling, “Do I say Scottsdale? Do I say Phoenix? Where do I say we are?” And I forgot that this was always called The Valley of the Sun. Isn’t that interesting?

Steven Butala:
I think there’s more than one Valley of the Sun. Everybody thinks they’re The Valley of the Sun.

Jill DeWit:
When you Google Valley of the Sun, though, Phoenix comes up.

Steven Butala:
Really?

Jill DeWit:
I made sure. I’m like, seriously.

Steven Butala:
Do you Google stuff, Jill?

Jill DeWit:
All the time. I Google you. I Google… I’m just kidding. Of course.

Steven Butala:
I read recently that Google, as a product, it is the single most used product for a consumer in the history of all products.

Jill DeWit:
Really? What did you say Google was supposed to be? Remember you said that-

Steven Butala:
It’s misspelled. It’s supposed to be G-O-O G-E-L. And it’s some type of cipher God. It’s some type of scientific something.

Jill DeWit:
Really G-E-L and then-

Steven Butala:
Scientific measurement or something.

Jill DeWit:
But it didn’t look right. Somebody just like-

Steven Butala:
They misspelled it right from the beginning and it just stuck, which is probably kind of cool because now it’s obviously an incredible brand.

Jill DeWit:
It’s a verb. It’s a noun. It’s all kinds of things. Okay.

Steven Butala:
Before we get into it, though, let’s take a question posted by one of our members on the Land Investors.com online community. It’s free and don’t forget to subscribe on The Land Academy YouTube channel and comment on the shows that you like. You don’t have to comment on the shows that you hate. If you comment on the shows that you like, then we do more content about stuff you like.

Jill DeWit:
That’s really good. The shows you love, please just go for it.

Steven Butala:
All kidding aside, it really does help us develop an algorithm to create content that people want to hear about. Like, maybe you’re not interested in hearing me rant about California.

Jill DeWit:
Or this show at all. That’s so funny. I couldn’t tell you the day… Since now we’re off topic… We’re on Clubhouse [crosstalk 00:02:32]. So, we’re on Clubhouse the other day and there was that guy… I can’t tell if he was trying to break into our show.

Steven Butala:
Yeah. He totally was.

Jill DeWit:
Oh, was he? Okay. Or if he was like yelling at somebody on the street.

Steven Butala:
No, no. I think he was breaking in. He broke into our show.

Jill DeWit:
And just was cussing.

Steven Butala:
This is the world now.

Jill DeWit:
That was funny. So, my team got him off there, to quote you, “Lickedy split.”

Steven Butala:
I just read a thing about this whole thing about the internet culture, how it’s developing. I’m old enough to know when there was no internet at all. And so…

Jill DeWit:
You’re older than me.

Steven Butala:
Right. And my parents would say stuff like, “Keep your opinions to yourself.” That was just the world that I grew up in. And that’s just not the way it is now. Everybody’s really encouraged to have an opinion and be real loud about it with filthy language and everything. That’s just like a norm. That’s a normal state of the internet.

Jill DeWit:
I don’t get it.

Steven Butala:
I don’t either.

Jill DeWit:
Anyway, let’s get back to the show. Ty wrote, “Anyone else getting first mailer jitters?” Oh, I get it. “I keep telling myself, this is no big deal, but it’s not working. In my other life, I’ve put in far more time, effort and money into projects with little to no anxiety. For some reason, this is different. Curious what everyone else has gone or not gone through.”

Steven Butala:
Well, you have skin in the game, pal. That’s what’s different about it, I think.

Jill DeWit:
I don’t know. So, here’s what Ann Marie [crosstalk 00:03:54].

Steven Butala:
Go ahead.

Jill DeWit:
You know what? I never got nervous about job answering the phones or this answering the phones. Our first day on the job, I’m like, “Bring it.”

Steven Butala:
Well, before you read Ann Marie’s response here, you don’t get jitters because you didn’t do the mail. Because I do the pricing and pick the county and all that stuff in general. I mean, I have you approve it, but the jitters that I get are like, “I really probably screwed this mailer up.” Even to this day, I’m not worried about the phone answering or any of that. Like, I don’t get jitters about what you guys do at all because I know you’re pros at it.

Jill DeWit:
Well, on the flip side, there’s like other things that I don’t get jitters about. I’m just like, “You know what? Everybody’s new. Everybody’s always had a first day somewhere.” So, does that not- What are you talking about?

Steven Butala:
No. Now I got to… You opened the door here.

Jill DeWit:
Oh.

Steven Butala:
What do you get jitters about?

Jill DeWit:
I’m trying to think, like I don’t on jobs. I’m sure jumping out of an airplane, I’d probably have some jitters, but then I’d just do it.

Steven Butala:
Do you get jitters from public speaking?

Jill DeWit:
Not anymore. You know what? I get butterflies that I thrive on.

Steven Butala:
Yeah, me too.

Jill DeWit:
I actually get jacked up about it.

Steven Butala:
Me too. [crosstalk 00:05:16]

Jill DeWit:
If I didn’t get butterflies, it would be boring and I wouldn’t do it. So, I love that. I get jitters about driving too fast. There’s a speed that I go, “Whoa, back off.”

Steven Butala:
Like 142?

Jill DeWit:
Something. So, I don’t know what else.

Steven Butala:
At 140, my stuff really starts to kick in.

Jill DeWit:
Yeah. I’m trying to think what I get jitters about. I don’t get jitters about going to places.

Steven Butala:
I don’t get jitters about anything anymore, actually.

Jill DeWit:
I kind of don’t.

Steven Butala:
I do get jitters… Well, not jitters, but every time I… This is truth… Every single time we send a mailer out, I wonder if I priced it right. Even now. Isn’t that crazy? And we get 50 properties back on every single one.

Jill DeWit:
And you know I could adjust up. I could adjust down. [crosstalk 00:00:06:03]

Steven Butala:
It tells me that I care. So, that would be my response to this writer here, Ty. Because you care. The other projects that you were working on, I don’t think you probably cared that much or they weren’t yours. They may be a W2 job project. I don’t know.

Jill DeWit:
I don’t know. So, let’s see what one person wrote. Anne Marie wrote, “My first mailer just hit last Wednesday. And so far, I’ve had only four people bother to pick up the phone and ask to be taken off my list. But I had the pleasure of speaking with three. Once seller called today and he’s got a smaller parcel he’d like to sell also. And a third parcel elsewhere. I love my data, but I really enjoy chatting it up with these guys. One seller wants me to come and have some coffee, LOL.”

Steven Butala:
Please, don’t do that.

Jill DeWit:
I know she’s doing great though. That’s awesome. You want them to fall in love with you like that Ann Marie. No, that’s good. She totally [inaudible 00:06:50]it. No, seriously.

Steven Butala:
I know. I can’t say that stuff-

Jill DeWit:
Because this guy… There’s a marriage proposal there, which we don’t want, but to sell the property, we do want. Ann Marie goes on to say, “I try to remember not to allow another person’s smallness to cause you to do the same. Be unoffendable and kind.”

Steven Butala:
That’s good advice.

Jill DeWit:
Yeah.

Steven Butala:
This is Jill stuff.

Jill DeWit:
Exactly. “You never know. They may find themselves in need of help in the future. And it might go a long way for them to contact you later. Just my two cents.” That was perfect, Ann Marie.

Steven Butala:
I love it. I really do love it. Jill says, “I love it,” all the time, but I really do actually love this response. Today’s topic-

Jill DeWit:
Are you making fun of me?

Steven Butala:
Yeah. Today’s topic, “Why satellite internet providers tell us where to send mail.” This is the meat of the show.

Jill DeWit:
Before you start, can I give my two cents? My two cents on this topic? Because I think it’s funny. All I read was, “Why satellite internet providers.” And then I went in a whole nother direction, which is, “Isn’t it great that we can do this from anywhere? Thanks to satellite internet providers.”

Jill DeWit:
I thought this was about the beautiful life we have. You can take off and do whatever you want. You know, we talk about this often, with our members about where are you and people are off camping and hunting trips and all the things they’re doing and they could stop and do some work if they want to, as we have tested and are about to start testing even more aggressively, so that’s where I thought we were going.

Steven Butala:
I think that’s a beautiful 2021 synopsis and maybe up to 2023. But let’s talk about the future.

Jill DeWit:
Okay.

Steven Butala:
And before I do that, I have two websites that I would love for you to check out. And I would love for our post production people to pull up the websites and edit them in here, if possible. And I’ll give you a heads up on that.

Steven Butala:
Website number one, broadband map.com. This is the FCC’s, the federal communication commission’s website, the actual website. That’s where it’s an interactive map of the United States down to the census tract where you can click down and when you click on, let’s say where you live or where you’re thinking about sending mail, it’ll tell you what internet providers are there. Satellite, wired, DSL cable, all of it. Every single one that is actually licensed to be a provider in that area and how well they’re performing. What the data MIPS are up and down.

Jill DeWit:
Crap. We should have used that before we moved to the beach. It would have saved us like four years of pain.

Steven Butala:
Believe me, the next vacation that we’re taking, which I think is next week, if everything goes well, we’re going to do some research on that, about where we go. So, that you can lose days in that it’s so fast. It’s just an amazing tool. And I’ll talk about why, here in a minute.

Steven Butala:
And then, number two is satellite map.space. And this is an amazing… I mean, I got lost in this. My jaw was on the table when I pulled this website up. It’s in real-time, interactive map of the satellites as the earth turns for this new and up-and-coming internet provider by Elon Musk called Starlink.

Steven Butala:
There’s three satellite providers right now. Starlink, which is in its incubation stage. Can’t really use it except in their beta areas. And then, there’s ViaSat, which has been around for a long time and hughes.net, which has been around also for quite some time.

Jill DeWit:
Pretty sexy when you talk like this.

Steven Butala:
Really. Wow, raise your standards.

Jill DeWit:
Getting all tech on me.

Steven Butala:
But here’s my point. Please memorize these three providers. I think the Starlink is going to completely take over the market. And I think that’s the way Musk rolls. He didn’t get into it, plus he controls the satellites that go out there.

Steven Butala:
So, here’s my point. I believe that in the near future, and then in permanently, I think this is going to permanently change around the world about where people live and why. We’re all online now. I mean, we can do 99.9% of all the companies that Jill and I have 99.9% of it happens in our studios or at my desk and everything and everybody in Land Academy, same thing.

Jill DeWit:
Yep.

Steven Butala:
So, what that ends up… We start to make, and we will make incredibly different decisions. Developers know this. Bill Gates is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into land acquisitions, into what he calls Smart Cities. He believes that in the near future, we’re going to build cities that are built based around satellite internet connection and where you don’t need to drive anymore. You can walk. Go to a coffee shop. Walk your dog and just live your life.

Steven Butala:
And I’m a huge… Personally… A huge proponent of lifestyle and not having to drive and spending eight to 10 hours working at my desk and then going and having some fun. Walk down the street, have some fun with my friends at the bar or whatever your hobby is. Just living life instead of sitting on a freeway somewhere, going to some stupid job. I don’t care if you’re an anesthesiologist, that’s a stupid job compared to that lifestyle that I just described.

Jill DeWit:
I just read a whole article about that this morning. It’s so funny about the work from home movement and how people are pushing back and how they really, because of this pandemic, they were able to see what life is like going, especially now that they’re still at home, but they have their jobs and they can go to a coffee shop again. They’re like, “Wow, that hour, I used to spend in traffic, now I can spend in the morning in the coffee shop, near my neighborhood.”And then the hour-

Steven Butala:
Live your life.

Jill DeWit:
Right. The hour after work, I used to spend in traffic, I get to meet my friends for happy hour and then go home and have my evening.

Steven Butala:
Something like 60% of the people surveyed in this country prefer their pets over their spouses. And so, you get to spend all day with your dog. I mean, seriously, it’s endless. Maybe I’m rebuilding a motorcycle in my garage.

Jill DeWit:
Sorry, I’m making myself a note. “Get a dog.”

Steven Butala:
So, I guess… Please don’t do that. If you get a dog, you can get a new house. I’m trying to have less responsibility, not more responsibility.

Jill DeWit:
Right. Maybe I’ll make it, “Get a bird.” We’ll figure it out.

Steven Butala:
If you can eliminate things like ridiculously spent time in your regular day, which is like commuting or just the silly stuff that goes on from a needlessly spending money standpoint on fuel and time and all of that, and you can actually enjoy your life. When you look at it, you break a regular day [crosstalk 00:13:57].

Jill DeWit:
I don’t care about the gas. I care about the time.

Steven Butala:
Break a regular day down. If you work eight hours, you play eight hours and you sleep eight hours. It’s 24 hours. If you can really take advantage and integrate your work life with your social life, those 16 hours that you’re awake, just imagine how much healthier everyone’s going to be.

Steven Butala:
Actually prepare your own food instead of running around somewhere, to get fast food on your lunch break, crosstown. Please watch. Lifestyles are going to change. So, what that means for us as land investors is watch these small towns. Watch what happens to the values of the… If you go to Southern Illinois, you can buy a [inaudible 00:14:33] house on the water in a great area for $12,000. 15, $20,000. If the satellite connect connection is great there, or DSL or whatever ends up being there, maybe you buy that house. Write a check for 12,000 bucks. You live in Chicago. You go back and forth. Maybe you’ll end up staying there.

Jill DeWit:
I understand.

Steven Butala:
I love this topic.

Jill DeWit:
I do too. This is good. We could go on and on and on. Happy you could join us today. Five days a week, you can find us right here on The Land Academy Show.

Steven Butala:
Tomorrow, the episode on The Land Academy Show is called “Income taxes and your land business. You are not alone in your real estate ambition.”

Jill DeWit:
And before you panic…

Steven Butala:
You don’t even have to show up for this, if you don’t want to Jill.

Jill DeWit:
What? The show tomorrow?

Steven Butala:
Yeah.

Jill DeWit:
Oh. I might not. Just kidding. I’m going to save everybody so, it’s going to be somewhat entertaining. But before you panic, it is all good stuff. I’ve heard you talk about this before, just recently, so.

Steven Butala:
These are all topics that are completely… This week anyway… Completely generated on customer service and people asking there’s trends in discord. And so, taxes are trending. Satellite connections are trending. That tells me that everybody wants some answers, so I’m trying to do my best here.

Jill DeWit:
You got it. Thank you for tuning in. We hope you find our content valuable, and we do appreciate your support. If you haven’t already, please do check out our YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button. [crosstalk 00:16:02] We are Steve and Jill. Information and inspiration to buy undervalued property.

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