e.alleg wrote:you want to talk about getting ripped? I have Hughes satellite. average speed on a good clear day: 200 up, 500 down. Sometimes during peak times it's 50 up/200 down. Download more than 400megs per day or more than ~150mb per hour and you get shut off for 24 hours. Fair Access Policy. If the weather is bad, no internet. Snow and Ice on the dish?, get out the ladder and clean it off or no internet. $69.99 a month plus the $600 upfront for the dish and modem. Unfortunately the only other option is dial-up which is unbearable or Verizon cell phone internet which is slower and the same price. The high speed cable is 2 miles away on the main road, I'd gladly sign up for a lifetime contract if they would string the wire. Hughes also has the worst customer service. They promise "1500kbps down, 600 up" and then in the same breath "not guaranteed". They oversell the bandwidth so there is a constant traffic jam, I'm waiting for the class action lawsuit but without it I would be using dialup or sitting in Dunkin Donuts all the time getting WIFI.
Friends down the road live way back from the utility poles. Service Electric Cable TV wanted them to pay for stringing the wire from the road to their house. They went with satellite, first the huge dish, then the 18" (was fun taking the huge dish down, didn't survive the drop to the ground very well).