Living in the country side or mountain tops can prove to be challenging for the ones that rely on high speed internet.  The good news is technology arrives on an SST, however in rural areas, there are few depots that allow internet technology to blow in.  Rural citizens do have some  options for getting rural internet, but there are some things to carefully consider when choosing rural internet providers.

For one, owning a computer with wireless capabilities allows for a plethora of rural internet options.  Telecommunication providers have air cards and dongles that connect to their networks.  These work by simply putting a device into a USB port or a PCI slot and logging onto their network.  Besides having internet in a rural area, the other benefit is one can connect from any computer, or anywhere.  When opting into this method of connecting, it is extremely important to read the fine print as well as understand the upload and download speeds provided.  Many of these companies are no faster than a standard dial-up and are always priced more regardless.  They also set limits on usage, so make sure to ask appropriate questions regarding these details.

Another popular option for rural internet is to go with the ever so dreaded dial-up.  Dial-up services today are nothing like they were ten years ago.  As a matter of fact, today dial-up is only slightly slower than DSL.  This will all depend on how up-to-date the rural service provider is.  With that being said, the chances of a provider having dial-up and DSL is very likely.  In this case, considering the speed between the two services as well as the price is necessary.  DSL will always cost more than dialing in.  Also, a more notable difference will be the fact that one is on a dynamic IP and the other will be static.

With few options to rural citizens, how to choose rural internet can become confusing.  Should you opt for dial-up, use an air card,  or endure the expense of satellite?  Essentially this will all depend on your needs.  If speed is of the essence, it will likely cost more.  If internet usage is not something used religiously, then a limited usage option would be logical.  If satellite service is already in place, internet can easily be added to the package with the uncertainty of reliability.  With every option there are going to be the pro’s and con’s that must be considered.  Do plenty of research, due diligence, and shop with your needs and budget in mind.  Last but not least, ALWAYS read the terms & conditions of any  rural internet plan before signing up.

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