Rural Internet Options

Jeffrey Wagner
February 1, 2017
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Living in more secluded location used to mean you had to deal with living off the grid as far as modern amenities goes; such things as the internet. If you were lucky enough to have internet in the past it used to mean it was slow, unreliable and very expensive to obtain. Lucky thanks to large leaps in technology, those who live in more rural locations can too have internet.

Dial-up was the main option for those who live in rural locations. This is because it is one of the oldest internet connects types. With that in mind it’s extremely unreliable and extremely slow in downloads speeds. Download speeds max out at only 56 Kbit/s and don’t even think about upload speeds. Dial-up also will take over your phone line when internet is in use. So the moment you want to use the computer, you will have to give up your precious phone time.  Related image

 This technology is very old and somewhat primitive. This is why dial-up internet is generally not used as much anymore. The internet has evolved so much it would be virtually impossible to do basic internet related activities with that connection speed.

Satellite Internet is the newest option available for those who do not live in a metropolitan area. Satellite internet is much faster than dial-up and it does not require taking over your phone line when it’s being used.  

Satellite Internet allows for a faster and smoother internet connection thanks to the large advancement in satellite technology. Unlike cable internet where data is transmitted over cable lines, satellite internet sends data back and forth between receivers on earth and the satellites in space. This will allow you to use the internet virtually anywhere on earth without restrictions.

One of the most common misconceptions about satellite internet is that there will be frequent weather outages. The truth is this simply is not the case; you would only be affected during extreme weather conditions. Where with cable internet, if the cable lines are broken or cut down due to weather you will be out of out of service into they are repaired.

Another misconception is that satellite internet will be extremely slow. Satellite internet Providers like HughesNet Satellite Internet and dishNET offers download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps.

Satellite internet technology has come a long way in the past few years, with larger advancement in satellite technology it is safe to assume that satellite internet is going to be around for a very long time.  

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