Many people are choosing to live in rural areas of the country side because of the quiet and peaceful atmosphere it offers. This creates some problems when it comes to getting internet service. Many cable and telephone companies do not offer rural internet service because it would be too costly to install the cable and telephone lines in order to carry the signal. Sometimes this cost can be passed on to the customers, if there are enough customers to divide the high costs amongst. This rarely happens in the real world and because the economy has taken a down turn, it makes getting the service in rural America virtually impossible.
There are ways of getting rural internet service though. They may prove to be a little more expensive than anticipated but for families in remote rural areas that want high speed internet access, satellite internet meets the need. For instance some rural electric companies offer internet services to their customers. Your electric company may not offer this at this point but with the ever expanding electrical systems, it shouldn’t be long until any area that gets electrical service is offered internet through their electric company. You may even want to contact your local electric co-op to see if it is available in your area.
Wireless rural internet service is also available through many cell phone companies. Cell phone companies offer you three ways of accessing the internet; through your cell phone, using your cell phone as a modem and purchasing a broadband modem and service plan. When you purchase the modem with a service plan, in many cases there is nothing else to purchase. However it is important to understand that some areas may not be covered under their broadband service plans. When you use you telephone to access the internet you pay for any bytes that are used when downloading and the same goes for using your phone as a modem for your computer. These rural internet providers are also called WISP providers.
Another option is to frequent places that offer free Wi-Fi. Some libraries as well as coffee shops and restaurants offer this type of rural internet. These are the perfect places to take a laptop and connect to the internet at no cost. The only problem with this option is that people need the internet at home, and cannot travel to a Hi-Fi hotspot every time they want to use the internet.
The best way to get a rural internet connection is through satellite. Most satellite companies offer a variety of speeds as well as packages for internet service. This service is provided through a satellite dish that is installed either on the roof of your home or in an open field where you have clear access to the southern sky. This dish gathers microwaves from satellites that are orbiting earth and sends it to your computer through a localized cable running from the dish to a satellite modem. The initial installation may be a little expensive but the packages are well worth the price in terms of staying connected or losing signal.