The Turtle Meter derives its name from the fact that information transfer is so slow. It takes 27 hours for the Turtle to send the information over the power line to the substation. Thus the name Turtle. Every time the meter disc makes a revolution, a precise amount of electricity has been used. The Turtle counts the number of revolutions and send the packet of information daily to the cooperative substation where the information is stored. Each day Rosebud Electric calls the substation and gets the stored information and loads it into a computer in Gregory. At the end of the month, the meter readings are computed and a bill is sent out to the member.