Since I escaped the big city for the country life four years ago, I have had to rely on Verizon wireless for internet. It ain’t cheap, $200 a month for 30GB…and I was lucky to get 30, there was a short promotion where I was able to double my bandwidth for the same cost, and they bumped me from 12GB a month to 30, (which is, yes, more than double, I know).
I saw that Hughesnet has been busy, launching a new satellite, and getting new packages.
I was offered 50GB a month at 25mps d/l-3 upload for $99. I may be able to get back on Netflix.
Anyone else living in outside of cable have any solutions for good broadband?
I use Hughesnet. I currently have a 10 GB monthly limit with 50 GB between 2-8 AM. If that were substantially improved I would call it real broadband. Right now I can blow through my entire monthly limit downloading one modern game.
But no matter how high the bandwidth cap is, the latency will always be extremely high (700-1200 ms) which makes it completely unsuitable for things like online gaming and VOIP.
Oh, I understand. But I can get broadband anywhere, although like everything in the country, it’s just 3x more expensive. It cost me $8000 just to get a septic system for my house. Next time you sign an apartment lease, think about that. ;)
Out of the blue the local electric co-op called yesterday, they have expanded their high speed internet service to my area. I signed up for that last Nov, it’s a new service and they are slowly making their way across the county. The installer who called was short of technical details, he described it as “wifi on steroids”. I have no idea what that means but it is 15mps download speed with no caps. SInce they have voltage cables running to every house, I am guessing the data comes through those wires… will find out more today when they show up.
Well, my local electric co-op is all mixed up. The rep I spoke with said the installer contractor was mistaken and our area is not staged, and from what info I could pry out of her, they really have not made any progress. Something about fiber and LTE nodes…who knows
I’ll probably go with Hughesnet Gen 5 for a couple years and see what happens after that.