Rural Connectivity


| 11/18/2013 9:14:00 AM


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There’s been no greater benefit to the global world in recent years than the growing popularity of the Internet. Connectivity has allowed a huge rise in exchange of information, for every outlet from news and politics to informational sources like GRIT to discuss the best advice for living in rural America. Where once rural residents were isolated from those outside their immediate surroundings, they now have access to any knowledge they desire. Just as GRIT has examined the benefits of and given some tips for installing solar panels and weatherproofing, understanding and setting up your own system to receive satellite Internet can provide you with all the benefits of high speed Internet access while preserving your autonomy and requiring only a minimal investment of time and money.

Solar Panels

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For many rural dwellers, it’s not easy finding a connection to the web at all, and high speed Internet has been nearly impossible to access in many areas. Cable companies often won’t have lines running far enough from urban locations to provide Internet for users more than a few miles away, and the cost of having cable lines run from the closest service area to your location can run in the thousands. Unlike cable, satellite Internet can reach any home in the world that has a clear view of the sky, and can provide many rural residents with a great alternative to settling for the only other option of slower, dial-up based Internet that uses telephone lines.

Satellite Dish

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jeri noble
11/19/2013 3:28:29 PM

We just moved far enough out to require satellite internet and we love it. We use Hulu for TV programs along with a few stations we can pick up by antenna, and it works great. Much cheaper than cable too.


linda capps
11/19/2013 9:36:15 AM

Yes satellite internet is great except if you plan to work for most work from home companies they won't accept satellite internet as they feel it is NOT secure enough. But if you own your own business its great





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