I am a student. Satellite is my only option for internet as I live out in the country. I can not afford $125 or more for internet per month. Are there any programs to help students?
What is available to you depends on zip code and there are no student or senior citizen discounts. Some areas have plans starting at $60, most don't these days and they start at double that + an installation charge. The cost of wireless internet and it's usability depend on location, location, location. It is best to see what your neighbors are using and if they are satisfied. Also read all the fine print including if the prices are introductory rates.
Hard to say. As a student I am graduating this year so I may move. Internet is required for me to do my homework. I can go to the library but living so far out of town in a rural area I need something. The Sats have a monopoly and they make sure they abuse that power. I feel helpless.
GabeU, I just got Spectrum hooked up last week and got my box to return the Viasat equipment yesterday. I had tried a couple times since 1996 to get cable but it was always a no-go due to my house sitting back 985 feet from the road. But I tried again in August and after a couple weeks of yes we will and no we won't they ran 985 feet of cable and installed a booster for signal strength. Maybe if the other 8 are willing to sign up maybe the company would be willing. I think there might be some push from the government to provider more service to rural areas. For me, even after the year of introductory price I'll still save right at $80 per month over Viasat and Direct TV.