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Old 03-20-2016, 10:57 AM
Location: God's Country
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Have a traditional desktop PC, not interested in laptops, smart phones, etc. Cable unavailable in this valley; same thing with fiber optics. So I use a mom & pop DSL connection on a separate, dedicated phone line. Even though it's mom & pop, they use Verizon when problems arise. Anyway, download speed is .5 to .8mb. which is only slightly faster than the backup dialup of .26-.49mb. The ISP points out that my location is at the end of the line and if I were just three miles closer to town, I'd get 3mb. 10 yrs. ago, these speeds were acceptable but web sites today have added bells, whistles, videos, etc. as you well know and the operation times out. Man, I cannot even access my bank or govt. agencies anymore,

Tell me your experience with satellite internet. What is the fair usage policy or whatever it's called? What are typical download speeds? I understand that even rain affects performance. True? Not interested in satellite TV or phone, just internet.

Note: For a short time I used a Sprint 3g/4g device which plugged into a USB port. It got a little over 1mb. which was acceptable compared to the ISP but limited the user to 5gb. a month which was unacceptable.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:58 AM
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I have zero experience actually using it but I understand fully how it works.

Various download speeds are available from 3MB up to 50, if not higher. The issue (which really isn't a huge issue for 95% of people) is upload speeds are generally pretty slow. How much does the average person upload? Not all that much. When you type in Google and hit send: technically that's an upload.... but it's not even 2 bytes. That happens instantly.

It's absolutely a viable alternative in rural areas.
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