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When I was 19, I visited a college friend in Goodland, a town literally in the middle of nowhere on the western plains of Kansas.

I was amazed to find her family had something called cable TV. While we were making do with four over-the-air stations in varying degrees of fuzziness in the capital city of Topeka, they were enjoying about 20 crystal-clear channels. That's because cable first served to provide television reception to remote regions where broadcast transmissions couldn't reach.

Since then, cable TV swept the nation. Now, 30 years later, Internet TV is poised to revolutionize again how we consume video.

Advocate multimedia editor Robert Zavala is one of those so-called early adopters of technology. He explains in Sunday's edition how he and his wife made the switch to getting their TV entirely through the Internet.

In the next few years, look for manufacturers to make this conversion easier for the rest of us. In a Newsweek article, Daniel Lyons explains why cable giant Comcast bought NBC to anticipate this coming change. "The next generation — today's teenagers — will likely never sign up for cable TV at all," opting instead for Internet service, Lyons writes.

When wireless speeds increase to the point of being able to handle the nation's video demands, look for even bigger change. We live in dizzying and exciting times.

Who knew such change was sweeping across the Kansas plains 30 years ago?