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Internet Woes Of Rural Living

Life in rustic rural areas is good for the mind and body due to the peace of mind brought about by being around harmonious sounds of unfazed creatures that lull you to sleep at night and the beautiful foliage and trees that greet you as you wake up in the morning. Starting and ending the day with a healthy and positive mindset that nature helped create helps our bodies release and utilize the right amount of hormones to function much more effectively. Such is an ideal scenario in contrast to urban living where the man-made discord of noises nag at you until sleep finally creeps in and throughout the hectic day.

Compared to urban dwellers, rural folks are more often happier with their day-to-day living. The low density population does not hinder rural communities from improving social connections as they can interact with other people in their communities even when their homes are further apart.

Such scenario does not show the absence of downsides. However, one glaring shortcoming of rural living is the absence of fast and cheap DSL high speed internet provider. In the modern world, internet has become a necessity to most people. More and more work are done online. Education is getting a great jump start with available online courses. The information age made available by the internet is simply too good to do away with. The impracticality of establishing communication facilities in remote locations holds DSL internet providers back. The low profitability will set back any bold internet provider that ventures into such an investment by a few years off their assets. It would take years to pay off the capital and finally start earning from the established communication infrastructures. By then, maintenance will bite them at the heels, again slowing the returns that would keep the company running. This is understandable because internet providers are not charity workers. They are composed of human workers who also need to feed their families from their hard earned work. We can't expect them to go the extra mile and end up broke in the end.

All is not lost however. Satellite internet service providers take up the challenge of providing internet connectivity to the countryside. Although not as fast as regular DSL internet connections, satellite internet is the practical and only option available. It doesn't need on-site communication facilities to transfer outgoing and incoming data. Instead, it sends out the data from the user and into the corresponding satellite. The satellite then relays the data to the web. Incoming data travels the same path, from the web, to the satellite and to the user.

Downplaying the satellite internet speed is a little bit unfair. Comparison to DSL speed in the first place, is unfair. Top satellite broadband internet providers are actually fast enough to facilitate a smooth data flow within a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and connect a VoIP (Voice Over IP) conversation that is virtually as good as regular phone service. Reviews indicate that the two best providers are currently Hughesnet and Excede. Dishnet follows at a slightly distant third. The top two gets a negative review from time to time but the general average reviews indicate that they are a great thing to have for residents of rural areas who wish to stay away from the metropolitan and still be connected to the web.

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