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Old 06-16-2017, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Making a move to South Park in a month or two, which means I can only get Internet via satellite. Anybody use Exede or Hughesnet? And what has your experience been? Also, cellphone coverage seems to be non-existent outside of the Fairplay city limits. I have Verizon - is there a carrier that works any better, or are they all about the same?

Thanks in advance - it's going to be a tough adjustment, that's for sure!

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Old 06-09-2018, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
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Making a move to South Park in a month or two, which means I can only get Internet via satellite. Anybody use Exede or Hughesnet? And what has your experience been? Also, cellphone coverage seems to be non-existent outside of the Fairplay city limits. I have Verizon - is there a carrier that works any better, or are they all about the same?

Thanks in advance - it's going to be a tough adjustment, that's for sure!
How did this work out for you? I have a friend in the SLV and he says people use their phone data instead of satellite. He mentioned that Verizon worked best out there.

Anyone else have info or opinions on this?
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Old 06-10-2018, 06:24 AM
 
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How did this work out for you? I have a friend in the SLV and he says people use their phone data instead of satellite. He mentioned that Verizon worked best out there.

Anyone else have info or opinions on this?
Can't speak specifically for the SLV or South Park, but we have two fixed wireless providers, which uses radio waves, in Custer County/Westcliffe - Hilltop Broadband and Secom. I use Hilltop and have wonderful service, both customer service wise and Internet reliability of service. The county has also recently authorized county-wide broadband service, which will also be helpful to the community here.

I expect these companies will be expanding into other areas soon.
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Old 06-10-2018, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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The problem with using a geosynchronous satellite for internet connection is both allocated bandwidth and signal latency.

Geostationary satellite latency and time delay 240ms - 279ms

I'd use that only if there is no other possible connection.
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:21 PM
 
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Not available now, but SpaceX is planning to launch hundreds of small, low orbiting satellites for internet access, so latency will not be an issue.
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Old 06-17-2018, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
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I live south of Pagosa Springs, and we are lucky to have a line of sight to a cell tower just over the border in Dulce, New Mexico about 7 miles away. We "rent" an unlimited data plan (truly unlimited) and that is what we use for internet. The great thing is, the tower we use generally gets low use, so we have great speeds (20-40 mbps) and have no issues with streaming or anything else. We also have a yagi antennae, so it boosts our 3 bars to 5. The latency is usually not to bad, and generally under 120ms.

Renting data plans off Ebay may sound sketchy, but we've never had any problems. We pay $120 a month (i think they've gone up in the last 2 yrs though), but its well worth it, especially since we both work from home and have to have it. Of course, we are able to write it off as well.

So.. at this point, if you can get any cell reception in a rural area, strongly consider this over satellite internet. I had that once, and it was painful in every sense imaginable.
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