As cable internet service becomes available in more places, fast broadband internet is becoming available for most people. Unfortunately for residents of isolated or hard to reach locations, there are some places that will never get cable. Fortunately, there is good news for rural farmers, reclusive writers, Sherpas and mountain hermits the world over: Satellite internet is faster and more available than ever.
How does satellite internet work?
Satellite internet works in these locations, because rather than requiring a hard wired connection to a grid, the way cable does, satellite internet beams your data to an orbiting satellite, thousands of miles above the earth. The satellite then sends your request to a hub which is connected directly to the internet. That hub then sends data back to the satellite, which in turn sends it back to your computer. In essence, satellite internet is the evolution of satellite TV, but instead of being a one way flow of information, the info flows both ways. Although this system is complex, all of this exchange of data occurs in microseconds with speeds that can get up to 15 Mbps for premium plans.
How do you get satellite internet?
When shopping for satellite internet, it is important to determine what kind of data plan is best for you. Satellite internet, like cell phones and tablets, is typically metered out in a data plan, which means you only buy a certain amount of internet per month. Although some “unlimited” plans exist, they are very expensive, so it is more economical to determine how much internet you need per month, and base your purchase off of those numbers. For instance, if you only use the internet to send and receive emails, then you likely don’t need anything more than most satellite internet providers’ basic plans. However, if you plan on multiple users streaming music or video, you would probably want to sign up for a more expensive premium plan.
Who needs satellite internet?
Although satellite internet is not yet as affordable as cable internet, the versatility it offers customers is incomparable. Finally, people who live “off the grid” can use the internet just as effectively as someone who lives in a huge metropolitan city. Whether you are a writer trying to get away from it all while staying in constant contact with your editor, or you are a rural farmer who likes to stream movies, satellite internet is the answer to your broadband prayers.