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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to davidhoffman

Re: DirecTV offering ViaSat and HughesNet Broadband

said by davidhoffman:

If there are reasonably priced larger data cap plans available, this could be a good deal for those in rural areas that have only dial-up.

It's not going to be a good deal. I'd stick with dial-up over satellite. 200-500 MB day cap? That's a joke. Verizon 4G home internet is a joke too but the caps are better than satellite though the overages suck.

davidhoffman
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join:2009-11-19
Warner Robins, GA
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I know families in Forsyth County Georgia who are not low income by any means. They have not been able to get a cable or DSL installation for broadband. The POTS wiring is so old, dial-up is barely functional. They are so far from the cellular towers, and in such tall dense forest, that no mobile phones work, even if you are sitting on the roof 40 feet in the air. In order to use cellular broadband they would need to spend hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on the best parabolic antennas, antenna mounts, lowest attenuation cables, bidirectional amplifiers, electrical power support, and installation costs. In those cases, Exede might be a better value.