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RURAL INTERNET ACCESS VIA EXEDE BROADBAND BY VIASAT (FORMERLY WILDBLUE)

Whether you live in a rural area or you know that you'll be spending a good deal of time in one soon, the good news about rural internet access today is that more rural locations have better options now than as recently as five or six years ago. Today, for example, in a pinch, if you have a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and access to transportation, you can head to a wifi location for a few hours as one option that didn't exist previously. But what about everyday internet access in rural and remote outlying areas? The choices today are dial-up service, satellite internet, or mobile broadband. No single option can satisfy everyone, hence competition and differentiation thrives. A word early on: ask detailed questions about your pricing plan, your upload and download times, and the equipment, both "standard" and "optional." The industry is competitive and so you may benefit from special incentives.

RURAL DIAL-UP

By now, rural residents are familiar with dialup internet access that using a landline and modem. It's old school and still may be the only option in some remote and rural areas. But those exceptions are becoming increasingly rare, and today, most rural, remote locations have other options. The better option here, where available, is a DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) line from the trunk to your house. Simply put, digital data runs on the same phone line but filtered at a higher frequency than voice data. In your home, there's a DSL filter placed on your phone outlet and you'll have a DSL modem connected to your computer. Speeds to and from your computer may vary. If your DSL line is not symmetrical, this means there's a difference between your upload and download speeds. Download times from 256 kbits up to 40 Mbits. Upload times can be slower. Some DSL lines can give you equal download and upload speeds so ask about that. Pricing and plans may vary.

RURAL SATELLITE INTERNET

Satellite technology is such an upgrade in speed and mindset over regular dial-up that it's become a great solution in rural areas. Satellite internet service is available in all locations where there is a clear view to the southern sky. This includes rural and outlying locations. Satellite speeds can range from 10x faster to dial-up to up to 50x faster. The required equipment includes a small satellite dish mounted on your roof, as well as a satellite modem connected to your computer or wireless router. The installation process is important here, and you'll want to be secure in the knowledge that a professional tech will set up your small dish outside and then will set up your modem inside, and get you connected to the internet. From that point on, you'll be online.

Rural Internet Options for: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Mobile Broadband Although mobile broadband isn't available in all rural areas it is worth mentioning. This service is offered by the major cellular and cable companies. It's a wireless internet service enabled by a small modem that plugs into a USB port. For example, the Time Warner Cable digital modem is smaller than a hockey puck and plugs into a USB port. So you can use it at home or on the road, and with your devices that have USB ports - a very important consideration when choosing devices, by the way. What differs between the carriers is their service map area of where they offer 3G or 4G service. The modem will search for service and let you know what's available and then you click to connect. Again, check the coverage maps available. Other options include a mobile hotspot modem. There are costs involved. Rural Internet today has more options and it's generally true, the faster you want to get only, and the more data capacity you need, the more it will cost. But it's possible to get what you pay for if you shop smart.

Exede Internet Satellite Internet (formerly Wildblue Satellite Internet) is available in the following States: Alabama, Arizona, Exede Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Satellite Internet Florida, Exede Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Exede Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Satellite Internet Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Exede Tennessee, Exede Texas, Utah, Vermont, Exede Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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