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I have a question--I thought satellite internet was for people like me that can NOT get online except for dial-up. But people seem to be posting they can get other ways to get online without having to do dial up phone. We don't have any cell signal for cell phones either. Just curious.
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A. Everett Neuman

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Hi,
I would think they are talking about cell phone internet service, which is faster that rural dial-up.

It is basically a cell phone number connected into a modem in your home, and is always on. No hard wired connections except for the power plug. Most of these modems are also wireless "WiFi" transmitters.

Cell phone signals are transmitted on what is called "Line Of Sight". Meaning, if a hill gets between you and the transmitting tower, you will have weak service or maybe non at all. You have most likely seen microwave towers with the round dishes on them pointing in different directions. 

Cell phone transmitters look the same, just a different signal. But if you would clime the tower, you could see the next tower several miles away. Like being connected with tight string from tower to tower, as they curved across the landscape.

If you live in a area blocked by the lay of the land that stops the cell phone signal, and there are no phone lines. Then the dish systems are about the only thing left.

The dish transmission's "signal" are coming down from above and are not blocked buy anything, Except rain storms, or solar disturbances.

Hope it helps answer your question,
Everett
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Thanks it did. We have phone line that AT&T would like people to get rid of because of up keep and that most people have cell phones.  We live out in rural area. Lots of flat ground that is cover with farm crops. Fields and more fields. Dug up stump fences. Love it.
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I'm about 90 miles NE of Denver, i would not trade places for Uncapped free internet.
With that much plat ground, are you sure there is not an Cell Phone internet provider?
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If there is it would have very weak signal. Any  body comes to the house can't use cell phone. If you walk around outside you might pick up a signal but it's very weak and pretty soon it's gone. Summer isn't to bad but winter when you have lots of snow it's different story.  We have tracfones for on the road in case car breaks down. To get minutes but the cards at store and put minutes on in parking lot. 
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Exede Kimberly

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Oh my goodness, I would be so scared. I get a flat and I feel like it's the end of the world. Being a city girl doesn't always keep you prepared. lol
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DSL, cable, cell phone and WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider) are the most common preferred alternatives to satellite, but they are hard to come by in the boonies.
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I do find it ironic that, historically, cable TV started as a way to provide TV to the boonies and now it's just the opposite. Perhaps 60-70 years from now everybody will be on satellite once they overcome that "lightspeed" thing - at which point I'll   comeback in time and reply - see, I told you so ;)         
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I guess I got to wondering about getting online by satellite when read post that say well could get more gigs from AT&T. Or from some place else. Why are you on satellite then? 
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It always amazes me the number of homes in the villages and cities that have Directv or Dish antennas when they are in an area served by a good cable provider. Except for that initial bargain promotion the satellite tv guys offer, it is not cheaper. And, with cable you don't get the rain fade during storms, or have to climb on the roof to clear the dish of snow. 
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There was a time period when satellite offered superior picture quality, more channels and sports packages when compared to cable.  That is still true in a few locations.  If I could get the local cable company to run the extra few miles to my house to get their cable Internet, I would still keep my satellite.

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