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What is rural Internet

What is rural Internet?
Rural Internet is often a difficult service for many to find. Residents of rural areas frequently don’t have access to DSL and dial up service options as cables and lines can’t reach the areas these people live in. For these residents, satellite Internet is often a good option.

Satellite Internet can reach rural areas since it does not require any wires to travel from more urban areas. All rural residents need is a clear view of the Southern sky, and rural Internet service can be theirs.

Satellite Internet can offer subscribers fast speeds
One misconception about Satellite Internet or people with rural Internet connections is that it is slow and customers won’t be able to do anything while logged on. However, even though a signal travels about 22,000 miles out in space, most people won’t notice the lag time. In fact, it's often compared to the lag you would see while using a cell phone.

For satellite service to work, your computer sends a signal to the receiver which beams your request to a satellite in space. This satellite connects with the Hughes Network Operation Center which finds the request, then sends it back to the satellite, which finally sends it to your computer. This transmission happens within a fraction of a second. This speed means rural Internet subscribers are able to stream music and movies, play games, and surf the web without much, if any, lag time.

Who are the three main Internet providers?
There are three main providers of rural Internet services. Exede, HughesNet, and Dish. Satellite Internet offers fast speeds and pride themselves on providing customers with excellent service.

Rural Internet users often worry about data usage when signing up for a new service provider. Satellite plans have no hard data limits. If you exceed your limit, your speeds will simply be reduced until the next cycle. You can also use data tokens to resume your previous speeds. They also use SmartTechnologies that work to download web pages faster while saving your data. Every customer also has a Bonus Zone time. This is an off-peak time in which you have up to 50 GB of data free every month. To ensure customers have the best service possible, satellite providers also have twenty four hour, seven days a week customer center. There, they monitor your signal and can answer any questions you may have. With advances in technologies, rural Internet users have access to high speed Internet through a satellite connection.