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    So, what has everyone's experience been with some non- traditional internet providers? Our area got set up with cable a couple of years ago and that's been great, but we're moving to a new property that's a little further out.

    I'm looking at things like Hughes Net, Verizon's wireless setup, and I've heard one of the satellite tv companies has gotten into the market as well. What has worked well for y'all, or what would you avoid?
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    I have had Verizon for the past 3or 4 years now.. I went from a USB device on my desk top computer that got the signal from the tower.. Worked good, got a decent 4g signal.. Last month I updated my plan and got a tablet, use it as a hotspot OR use my smart phone as a hotspot and now have a USB WIFI adaptor on my desk top.. SO, to use my desktop, I have to have the tablet or cell phone hotspot on or just use the tablet or cell phone to use internet.. So far Im pleased and my desktop is faster with the signal it gets via WIFI then what I had before..

    My rate plan $ wise should be less and I gained a black tablet.. They were outta little blue pills..


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    Everyone I've known that has had satellite internet has hated it. A friend of mine who is too far out for cable used Verizon wireless setup for a good while and really liked it other than said it was a little pricey. He recently changed to a local wireless provider and says it is the best he's had yet, both speed and price. But it has to be line-of-sight so you might or might not have something like that available.
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    You might check into the area you are getting ready to move to for a local internet company.


    In my area, there is a local internet company started by a group that has been in business since 2004 that will come out to the house and use an instrument to check line of site and signal strength. If those two criteria are met and you qualify, they will sign you up. Prices and packages vary.



    They rent or lease tower space throughout the region here and put an antenna on your house, then run cable to a modem. You are responsible for any network or router setups.



    If my Frontier phone company does not improve their equipment and reliability in my area, I will be switching to this in the Spring. One of the main reasons I have not done it yet is because of the weather.
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    From my understanding of satellite the downloads are via satellite but uploads are handled through the phone. I may be wrong about this or that may be the old method of doing it. If satellite internet is anything like my FIL TV service don't expect it to work in the snow and rain.


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    I have 3 friends who had Hughes Net and all three hated it. Unreliable, very slow and a light fog would interrupt the signal. YMMV but that was their experience in North Alabama.

    We have Charter cable internet out in the country where I live and it's very reliable and fast. Good luck.
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    First thing I would do at your new property is look for a cable line. There might not be one coming right on to your place but may be nearby. If you can find one I would call the local cable company to see if they can provide service. At times there has been federal money for them to extend their lines for rural properties.

    I was a beta tester for Hughes Satellite when it first came out as I had no choice of internet at the time. I'm not sure how it has evolved since then but do know you have to check on the download/upload caps. I think they now have different packages for various amounts of bandwidth. If you go over your allotment you get throttled back for a while. And the upload is via satellite just like the download - no phone required.

    Only heavy wet snow will affect the dish - and a quick brush with a broom fixes that. But you do need a dealer/installer come out to your place and do a quick line of site survey to see if you can grab the signal from the satellite.

    Can't speak of cellular service as there is no such thing here.

    If at all possible I would say that cable would be your first choice if you can get it. You'd be surprised where cable is - when they ran a line to my house a few years ago I couldn't believe it! There are probably 17 customers on a 9 mile run - no way that installation paid for itself with subscribers.
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    I'm in the same boat as Ilmo.
    There will never be cable out here. It would take 500years for ROI.

    Hughes is craptastic, and expensive. NOBODY likes dealing with them. Everybody that signed up, dumped them as soon as Verizon got a tower within range.

    We were on Verizon cellular broadband for years, and paid out the nose. Speeds were good until June-August, when all the dadgum tourists swamp the towers, and you could get dropped for hours at a time. The rest of the year it was good, unless you downloaded a couple videos, and bumped into the plan limits.

    A Local company put up a bunch of LOS radio towers, and when they put one in a mile NE of us, we switched. Speeds aren't real high, but enough for what we do, and unlimited data is only 50 bucks.

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    Verizon DSL since 2007 when the company started to provide the rural parts of western Mass with DSL. I have the higher speed of 3 megs and it suits me fine, but now anything under 10 megs is not considered "high speed" service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post

    Only heavy wet snow will affect the dish - and a quick brush with a broom fixes that. But you do need a dealer/installer come out to your place and do a quick line of site survey to see if you can grab the signal from the satellite.
    And make sure its mounted at ground level so you can reach it.. I know several people with the dish mounted up on the roof..
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