Like electrification, telephone service, and cable television before, rural dwellers seemed to get the short end of stick when it came to high-speed Internet service. Luckily, there are satellite Internet service providers that have picked up the slack where broadband providers have dropped the ball.
Internet service is no longer a luxury; it is an essential for households, no matter where they are located. In rural areas where homesteads may be far off the beaten path, satellite Internet service may be the only option for quality Internet service that is fast, efficient and affordable. With classrooms going high tech these days, rural schools are in need of up-to-date Internet technology to remain competitive with their suburban and urban counterparts.
Vast regions of the rural market have not been serviced by traditional high-speed Internet services. Regular ISPs choose not to invest in cabling or development of the proper infrastructure to serve rural communities. Satellite Internet server providers have stepped in, much like they did when cable television passed many rural areas by.
Satellite ISPs are offering a variety of high speed services to the rural customer, from basic residential packages to services designed for mobile, small office and large businesses. Before this came into vogue, a vast amount of rural customers had to rely on dial-up service, which accessed the Internet by the telephone line. That presented problems unique to the rural user. Not only is dial-up slow and unreliable, but many of the access numbers were long-distance numbers, so connecting to the Internet became a very expensive proposition. Not only were rural customers getting slow service, they were getting high long distance charges as an added bonus.
Satellite Internet access for rural users means busy signals and dropped connections are a thing of the past. The infrastructure for satellite Internet is already in place for many rural areas, because these areas had to rely on satellite television to get standard cable programming. Sometimes the same company that is providing satellite television can offer high speed satellite for rural Internet users. They can usually package these similarly to the way telephone-based providers are now packaging phone, mobile and Internet services.
Satellite dishes dot the rural landscape as more and more people demand high speed Internet access. As they did with television, they are getting the service that their urban counterparts get; they just have to go to greater efforts to achieve it. But demand is high and there is fierce competition for the rural satellite internet businesses.
Major ISPS as well as local-based operations are competing for the rural customer, allowing prices to become competitive and giving the rural customer a wide range of options. With many telephone and satellite television providers are getting in on the act, rural customers, be they a small residence or a large industry, can afford to be choosy. Service plans vary according to coverage and many providers are giving discounts to encourage people to sign up for the long haul. Free installation and equipment is starting to become part of the deal.