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Rural Internet ISP

bassmstr401 45 34 December 28, 2015 at 05:50 AM
Greetings,

I am at a loss, but you all are always so knowledgeable about Tech stuff... I built a new house and am receiving a giant middle finger from Xfinity as far as providing me internet service.

I have looked into satellite service and it gets horrible reviews from a reliability and speed standpoint. Does anyone have any experience with any of these systems (looking at Exede due to no data caps).

Are there any other options?

Thanks in advance!

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How far away are you from others?

Look for a WISP in your area. WISPS use a wireless point to point system that need line of sight to your providers antenna. They may mount an antenna on a dish or stick on your roof or other high point. They will be a smaller local hard to find companies most likely but are you best option. I use one in my town currently as it was the best price to performance ratio.

I would try and avoid satellite unless its your only options. Cost, data caps, speeds are all sub par.
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How far away are you from others?

Look for a WISP in your area. WISPS use a wireless point to point system that need line of sight to your providers antenna. They may mount an antenna on a dish or stick on your roof or other high point. They will be a smaller local hard to find companies most likely but are you best option. I use one in my town currently as it was the best price to performance ratio.

I would try and avoid satellite unless its your only options. Cost, data caps, speeds are all sub par.
I am only about 4 telephone poles away from the closest person with cable. I will check out the WISP though. Really don't want satellite internet...
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I am only about 4 telephone poles away from the closest person with cable. I will check out the WISP though. Really don't want satellite internet...
Being that close it sucks. Hopefully you can find something or find someone who can do that build out.
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Being that close it sucks. Hopefully you can find something or find someone who can do that build out.
Doesn't look like WISP is a go since I am in a populated area - there is no coverage.

Anyway, any thoughts on BroadBandQ? No data caps, but kind of expensive...
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Well talk to Comcast and see what the issue is for providing Cable TV, also check out DSL it might be an option for you. talk to your neighbors and see what they do for cable tv/internet.

Provide your street intersection or zip code if you want really good answers.
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Doesn't look like WISP is a go since I am in a populated area - there is no coverage.

Anyway, any thoughts on BroadBandQ? No data caps, but kind of expensive...
I am in a populated area and have a WISP. Just depends on who is available in your area. Ask around to find them. Without knowing where you live we really can't help more than that.

As for the BoradbandQ $150 a month for 3mb service is expensive and slow. Better than nothing but don't expect great streaming performance or gaming on something like that.
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Well talk to Comcast and see what the issue is for providing Cable TV, also check out DSL it might be an option for you. talk to your neighbors and see what they do for cable tv/internet.

Provide your street intersection or zip code if you want really good answers.
Knoxville, TN 37932 within 1 mile of Watt Rd/Buttermilk Rd intersection

Comcast has been of no help at all. Many calls and several technicians later, I have about given up. Neighbors have cable internet and tv. DSL is the same problem as the cable except AT&T doesn't really even want to consider expanding their lines - They are about 10 telephone poles away.
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so one side of you has comcast and then it stops 4 poles away and there are no houses on the other side, are you in a town area, if so talk to whatever group manages the franchise same for the county see if they are required to provide the service.

See this
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tec.../70626156/

or check out WOW

http://www.wowway.com/our-product...rnet/south
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I live in a rural agricultural area, closest neighbor is a mile away, the village is 15. Their DSL was 1 meg at the beginning of the year, now it's up to 5 meg, $50 minimum for service, plus $35 mandatory landline, $85 minimum for their cheapest Internet, and it only works about 8 driving miles from their office. Copper lines are buried, 40 plus years old. In '05 they said they would upgrade the lines in 5 years, last year, they said 5 years again. Locally owned company, I know them. No Wisps, no cable, no Sprint, Tmobile, or AT&T. I had satellite for several years, Wildblue, the predecessor to Exede. I switched to a 20GB cap provider on Verizon (Millenicom, now out of the Internet service), then a regional GSM carrier with a higher cap, I'm with them now, have a $400 cell booster to get a usable signal in the house. Most of my neighbors still have satellite, many don't have usable cell service for Internet. I use the neighbors' service often.

The only way to get information about how well satellite works in your area is to ask someone in your specific area. There are several spotbeams aimed at the US, each is isolated from the next, so performance varies. In addition to that, they have a newer satellite up there serving the more populated areas with faster/generally better service for the same price (was the same price, now the faster areas have more and sometimes better plan options). Some areas are overfull or near capacity with severe primetime slowdown, that's the way mine is, others are fine. They are launching another new one, if successful and not delayed, I think at the end of the year, so maybe 6 months after that or more before different service. The new one has much more capacity but as thin as they are spreading it, don't think it will be any miracle.

Your area has "better" plans, but they are quite goofy, read up on it. If your area is fairly full, it may not perform well, read into the restrictions of those plans. I know you've already looked what services don't work with satellite due to the latency.

Hughesnet is the worse company to deal with in general, Viasat is better. You can bundle with Dish or Directv, but then you generally get worse plans and worse support.

Satellite is last resort, avoid if possible.

I don't know how far apart telephone poles are, there aren't any around here, everything is buried for phones. Electric poles, I'd rough estimate 4 or 5 per 1/4 mile, I never counted in general, but that's roughly what mine are, ran a 1/4 mile into my one pasture for a stock well.

Not right, but is there anyone close enough you can "share" with for a while?

My GSM carrier runs around 2.5 to 3 meg average. HD from Amazon is more than acceptable, though I don't stream much video of any kind.
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