Help, we're still stuck in the dark ages! just 21 miles from downtown Houston, Tx.
Our local CO does not have, and never has, had any broadband/DSL service. Across the road (2.5 miles), the lucky customers of ATT have service (and comcast cable) as an option. We have no cable layed out here, just phone.
There's a demand here, but obviously its not being heard.
Is there ANYONE that can be contacted?
Anyone been down this road and successfully convinced a provider to actually provide service?
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have you looked into a fixed 4g wimax provider? Their installing their gear around here like crazy on towers.
reply to empire5
If no 4-g your other option would be satellite. Keep in mind BOTH 4-g and satellite are capped so you may want to keep dial up backup.
reply to empire5
While you may be "only" 21 miles from Houston, you're on the side that still has lots of rural area and very few homes-per-mile.
Providers look at things like:
A) How many potential customers could they reach with an investment of X-hundreds of thousands of dollars.
B) How many of those potential customers actually want (AND can afford or are willing to pay) to have internet service?
DSL equipment costs a bundle of cash to purchase, deploy and provision. It also has a limited range that it can travel over the wires. If the bean counters determine that they won't make money in a given area, then the equipment won't ever arrive. It's just a business decision. They prefer high-density areas that have a lot of potential users within X-thousand feet, as the cost to provide service there isn't much different than the cost to provide 12 ranches spread out across a few square miles.