Top 5 Reasons to Get Satellite Internet

By: Liz Dick

1. You live in rural America

2. No DSL or cable TV available

3. Education and Commerce

4. Tired of slow dial-up

5. Need an affordable solution

1. Roughly 20% (60 million) of all Americans live in rural areas of the country. While cities can offer better paying jobs and other allures, many prefer the open spaces, clean air, and slower pace of the countryside. With the development of the internet, there is almost limitless information available online. Communication by email connects citizens not only across America, but worldwide. Originally, users accessed the internet through dial-up over the phone lines. Today high-speed internet access has almost become a necessity.

2. 20 million American homes are not served by DSL or Cable according to some estimates. Why? Simple economics dictates that large providers place their investment dollars where they get their largest and fastest return. That means building out in urban areas where the population density is high. With costs of $6,000 or more to string cable or add DSL capability, there just aren't enough users in many rural parts of America to justify the cost. Fortunately, a satellite internet system can be installed to provide high speed internet anywhere in the USA.

3. Living in rural America means accepting much less choice when it comes to retail shopping, and generally a greatly reduced menu of available services. More importantly, rural school systems often don't have the same funding as city schools. To keep up with their urban counterparts, rural Americans must depend on using the internet, both for commerce and as a research tool. Children wanting to complete homework and further their education must connect to the information superhighway. Satellite internet offers a solution to meet these needs today.

4. In the early days of the internet, emails were composed in text only format. Modern emails now contain images and large file attachments. Webpages, once simple displays, now offer flash animation and e-commerce. Old-fashioned dial-up connections just won't get the job done, and result in long waits and frustration. Don't even think about trying to download pictures, music, or computer files to update your PC.

5. Just as satellite TV systems have come way down in cost from what was initially offered, satellite internet has become much more affordable since it's was first introduced. Three companies compete in this arena; HughesNet and WildBlue offer a more expensive two-way satellite service; SkyWay USA offers an economical hybrid satellite system utilizing the best features of all technologies. A hybrid system greatly reduces "rain-fade" which frequently interrupts service during stormy weather and offers a faster response time.

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