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Old 08-16-2020, 12:10 PM
 
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So I did a little road trip last Sunday, Keyser --> Parsons --> Elkins --> Petersburg --> Keyser looking at properties as company is giving optional for full time teleworking. I noticed as I drove through the cell signal dropped a lot. I'm with T-Mobile, which is known for having limited towers. I also had my work phone which is AT&T which definitely did better but was still out of commission for stretches of up to 20 miles. I'm looking at one property about 75 acres and pretty isolated and a long farm road to the property. Internet is as important as reliable electricity due to my work, and I'm wondering how these challenges are addressed. Is satellite Internet used in very rural parts? Are there more localized cell phone companies, like Frontier? My personal phone is an unlocked GSM, so I could switch to another carrier.
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Old 08-17-2020, 06:11 AM
 
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You’ve hit on something that’s a large problem in WV. Not even in Keyser, Elkins, Parsons, but you can be 5-10 mins outside Clarksburg or Morgantown and hit a rural street with no internet and spotty cell service. Talk to neighbors, if you have any near a 75 acre property, and learn their experience. AT&T and US Cellular, the traditional 850-band carriers, tend to do better but are by no means perfect. Frontier, even if they have a phone line, may not offer DSL internet. You can check the WV Broadband Council map. Keep in mind directional antennas and the satellite companies, Viasat and HughesNet, but they usually slow down after you hit the priority data cap, usually 30-50 GB. Even USF funds in WV for areas with no service have gone to Viasat. Hopefully Starlink will be an option later this year. If broadband is essential as power, don’t buy unless you’re 100% sure you’ll have service.
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Old 08-17-2020, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Ohio via WV
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So I did a little road trip last Sunday, Keyser --> Parsons --> Elkins --> Petersburg --> Keyser looking at properties as company is giving optional for full time teleworking. I noticed as I drove through the cell signal dropped a lot. I'm with T-Mobile, which is known for having limited towers. I also had my work phone which is AT&T which definitely did better but was still out of commission for stretches of up to 20 miles. I'm looking at one property about 75 acres and pretty isolated and a long farm road to the property. Internet is as important as reliable electricity due to my work, and I'm wondering how these challenges are addressed. Is satellite Internet used in very rural parts? Are there more localized cell phone companies, like Frontier? My personal phone is an unlocked GSM, so I could switch to another carrier.
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Old 08-23-2020, 10:18 AM
 
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Hopefully this project can bring, or upgrade, the service to several rural areas of the state.

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news...d94d95bbb.html
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Old 08-27-2020, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Poca, West Virginia
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I used to work for Frontier, they are the absolute worst. Their DSL in most of WV runs about 1mbps to 6mbps. If you're running anything over that, you are snug against their Central Office. Suddenlink is better, though not by much.

I have had Sprint and T-Mobile for cell carriers here and they are not very good once outside of major cities or the interstate. My house is in Poca, Putnam Co., and have LTE at the bottom of my holler. Go up a few hundred feet and straight to no service. I am 1 mile from the center of Poca
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