Who writes your articles?

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The Satellite vs DSL article is a joke... its like DSL won't work if power goes out... as long as we can trick you into believing Satellite will work for a whole month... what a load of crap, if you have DSL as an option get it, satellite is the last step before going without internet... and you might want to look at skipping the last step.
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Nathan Ross

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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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The DSL modem, and wireless router require power. If DSL is available to you, it would be a much wiser choice than satellite internet, cheaper and usually no data limits. Satellite internet is really for those who have no other choice for internet. I have been with Wildblue/Exede since 2008, and have had very few interruptions in my service, except during a bad rain or snow storm, and that usually lasts less than 15 or 20 minutes. A well installed system will not lose the connection very often, except during severe weather.

As far as power outages goes, my modem, router and phone adapter operate off a battery backup system, which will provide me internet and phone for about 90 minutes, more than enough time for me to start my backup power generator. Those of us living in the country must be prepared for power outages, since our heating, refrigeration and water supply depend on having power.
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Talk about a stable internet connection. We have our dish on a pole. Early Christmas Eve morning we had around 60 mile an hour winds. Trees were down and power lines. People in different area's but very near us were without power. After this bad storm was done I'm thinking my dish is going to be out of line. No internet for me. Well guess what my dish was not out of line and speeds were still good. 
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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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Helen, there is nothing like a good proper installation for keeping the internet connection going.
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Bev, Champion

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Satellite ISPs are for those that have no other option, and many of us live in very rural locations. We know we are usually the last to get service for anything. Power goes out, it's on withing a few hours in town, out here, it will be 24 hours or longer before power is restored.

I know that and, have a generator that will power all 110 in my home, or one of the 4 220 items at a time. Power out no problem, I have the generator online before the battery backup my system is connected to shuts things down.

Other than storms and, the one time my step son did not listen to directions and felled a tree on my dish, I rarely loose signal.

Obviously if you have DSL available, you want that, but if that isn't an option, satellite is better than no internet and, better than slow (24kbps here) dial up.
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Hi Nathan, as the forum members/champions have mentioned, if DSL is available in your area we recommend you use them. Satellite Internet is most useful in areas where no other internet Service access is available. What can we clear up for you and what article are you referring to?
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