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Rural Internet Options

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Cities, suburbs, towns and densely populated areas have a myriad of internet options available to them because it’s easy to lay cable there.
Everyone is close enough together that residents even share wires and hubs. Select cities all over the country also have access to 5G, the latest technology for fast Internet speeds. The rest of the more populated areas of the country enjoy 4G LTE, which allows us to use our cell phones to browse the Internet and allows websites to be increasingly sophisticated and interactive.

This is great for cities, but what about rural Internet? There are all sorts of reasons Internet cable is impractical in rural areas: some wires and cables might have to be laid through land that may be used for important commercial purposes like farming or ranching. Some areas can’t get cable due to their geography.

Many people move to rural communities because they enjoy the peace, quiet, and nature. Fewer wires and cables laid in the ground is also better for the environment that makes rural areas so attractive. So much of it has to be laid over such a far distance that it costs a lot.

All these defining elements of rural living also leave few Internet options for rural areas to get high speed Internet.

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Who are rural customers?

They are farmers and ranchers, truckers and miners. They are people who prefer the quiet of remote places to the hustle and bustle of the city. They are also the backbone of our country. Their commercial interests feed and clothe us all, and help provide a lot of other goods and services we depend on. Rural high speed internet is just as important as providing internet connections in big cities, towns, institutions, and businesses.

Why Is Internet Important?

These days, everything we do is online. Job applications are often online. Schooling is increasingly online, a necessity when the nearest brick-and-mortar school may be far away. Even vital services like banking and government functions must be applied for online. In many places, brick-and-mortar driver’s license and Social Security offices might be miles away or even on the other side of the state, but most requests can be handled online without a visit to the office. This is especially true for doctors and clinical treatment, as most simple ailments can be discussed and prescribed for remotely, which is great for rural areas underserved by hospitals and clinics.

For many rural areas, the number of stores available might also limit what they can buy. Online services can allow people to order the items they need so they can be delivered:

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GROCERIES 1Groceries, especially for those with special diets
PHARMAPharmaceuticals and medical supplies
TOOLSTools and spare parts
APPLIANCESAppliances and utility items
This deficit is even more pronounced when one considers that telephone lines can’t always reach a location. While there are a few rural internet providers that use cable or DSL, they just can’t reach everywhere. Frozen territory, desert territory, the mountains, and especially offshore holdings, such as large vessels and oil rigs, all need Internet too, and they don’t even have the option of dial-up to get it.
What Are the Alternatives to Satellite?

For today’s purposes, dial-up just can’t fill the gaps anyway. Since most Internet sites are developed for at least 4G LTE technology, this means that a minimum of 1MB is required to access them, and even the best dialup delivers half of that. Plus, dial-up doesn’t provide wireless internet to rural areas.

So are there any other rural internet options for remote locations?

Many people substitute the mobile hotspots on their cell phones for Internet access on devices, or simply use their cell phones to access it directly. While this can work in a limited capacity, it is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken bone. Rural areas have fewer cell towers, so the first obstacle is having one close enough to be able to use the hotspot. Hotspots also consume a lot of data from your cellular data plan. In fact, just browsing the Internet on your phone eats up a lot of data, and even cell phone users with “unlimited data” may find themselves deprioritized after they pass a certain limit, which means the connection slows down when there is a lot of Internet traffic.

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Why Choose Satellite Internet?

The best rural Internet service is satellite, and America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet is HughesNet.

Internet service areas in urban locations are extended through the use of hubs. Rural areas are too widespread for hubs, but satellite Internet makes your home a hub. Instead of having wires, cables and hubs connecting you to high speed internet, you only have a satellite and a transmission station, and the signal gets bounced to and from space. All you need is a clear view of the southern sky, so the satellite dish can point to the geosynchronous satellites that are timed to orbit at the same rate as the Earth, which means they are always in the same place. They will not be hit by cars or affected by construction or other human activity. They will not be blown over by inclement weather.

This means that you can have high speed Internet without having to connect to cable, DSL, or fiber, and that there is a much faster alternative to dial up. Satellite Internet can provide your home or business with the speed you need to access today’s Internet, and HughesNet can give you reliable satellite Internet at the right price. That’s why HughesNet is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet!

What About Wireless?
Wireless is also a major concern among American households because of the prevalence of devices like smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops. These days, even our TV sets and light bulbs can use wireless to make our lives simpler. We often don’t think about how these items rely on wireless internet service to both reduce data caps and access the Internet. Without a cell phone tower and a wireless hotspot, wireless in remote locations is impossible. Even with access to both, wireless is slow.

Satellite Internet from HughesNet provides a fixed wireless Internet connection the same way cable or DSL does. The router that connects your computer to the satellite also connects your entire home to WiFi, no matter where you live or run your business.

Whether on top of a mountain, in the middle of the desert, or even on a platform in the Great Lakes, HughesNet can provide you with wireless that covers all your needs. Ranchers in the Great Plains, farmers in the Bread basket, artists in the desert and researchers in the Everglades can all count on rural wireless Internet with a satellite connection.

Don’t Be Afraid of Data
Data caps are a concern for both cell phones and for satellite Internet. It used to be that once you ran out of data, some plans used to cut your connection until the next billing cycle. No one cuts your connection completely anymore, but your speeds may be slowed if you exceed your data limit, which neutralizes any speed benefits from your package. Today, satellite Internet provides numerous ways to save data, including offering a variety of plans, having “free” hours, and selling auxiliary data.
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Plans vary in the amount of data limits they offer. Data is measured in gigabytes (GB) and refers to how much information passes through your computer. Most data comes from downloads, as information is sent to your computer from websites and other services. Any time you send information from your computer to the Internet, you are uploading. For most residences, this is usually very small, but businesses might send files to colleagues and clients, and video chat for home or business uses a lot of data. Devices also use data, and the more devices are using it the more it adds up. However, while high data limits might be tempting, there are other considerations when it comes to data.
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“Free hours” are a period which takes place overnight and offers customers data that doesn’t count against plan limits. This offers plenty of opportunity to handle big downloads and updates without using your plan data. Each company has its own brand name and number of hours for this period, so how you apply this time can help you find the right connection. For example, HughesNet has the most free hours, called the Bonus Zone, from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.
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Auxiliary data can also add to your plan data by providing extra GB for a fee. Prices vary from company to company, so this is an important consideration, especially if you are likely to exceed even the highest data limits available. The more devices you use, the more likely this will be, so affordable data is an important complement to your data plan. HughesNet’s Data Tokens provide extra data at an affordable price, so even if you exceed the data on your plan, topping off won’t break the bank.
Mythbusting Satellite Internet
In the early days of satellite television and Internet, there were some issues customers had to deal with. Large satellites could be moved by strong winds. Cloud cover could scramble signals, which were slow for Internet. These were not myths so much as outdated issues, but they still persist as most people’s idea of satellite communication. Technology has improved, improving satellite communication, especially Internet, in three ways.
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First, the satellites have gotten smaller. A home satellite dish is only about four feet in diameter, not the size of the SETI Labs dishes. The smaller size and aerodynamic design of HughesNet satellite dishes avoids the effects of non-catastrophic winds.
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Secondly, satellite communications used to use radio waves in the K-bands, which couldn’t penetrate water vapor, but modern satellites use Ku-bands because they can get through thick clouds and storms.
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Throughput is the third major improvement to satellite Internet technology since the early days. This term refers to traffic traveling both in and out of the satellite and how fast it is relayed. HughesNet Gen 5 uses cutting edge JUPITER System technology to enhance throughput on their latest satellites. As throughput technology has improved, satellite Internet has gotten faster, enabling broadband speeds and making them available to people who can’t be reached by cable or wires.
HughesNet is the Best Option to Make
Rural Broadband Your Reality!

People who live far away from everything do so because they like it. That doesn’t mean they don’t need the services the Internet makes available. Satellite Internet provides the most reliable option for homes and businesses in rural or remote areas, and HughesNet is the best wireless high speed Internet provider.

You can do everything with the Internet that can be done in more populated areas, without having to sacrifice the way of life you love so much. All you have to do is call 1-844-244-1460 to speak with one of our HughesNet specialists, or enter your address below and find out which rural Internet package is right for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions:
How does HughesNet satellite Internet service get to my home computer?
When you enter a web address into your browser, it sends out a signal. With HughesNet Gen5 satellite Internet, that signal goes into space, to HughesNet satellites. It is then sent to a center called a NOC, which seeks out the web address and sends it back to you through the satellite. This all happens in less than a second. Cable and DSL do this through wires and dialup does this through phone lines, but wires can’t reach everywhere and dialup is very slow.
What is satellite Internet?
Why should I get Internet in a rural or remote area?

Rural Internet Options

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*HughesNet is available anywhere in the contiguous US with a clear view of the southern sky, and is limited in Alaska and Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

**Free standard installation applies to new Lease subscribers only. Not valid with Purchase option. Limited-time offer.

Video streaming services with minimum speed requirements will not operate properly.

††The HughesNet Gen5 service plans are designed to deliver download speeds of 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps, but individual customers may experience different speeds at different times of the day. Speeds and uninterrupted use are not guaranteed and may vary based on a variety of factors including: the configuration of your computer, the number of concurrent users, network or Internet congestion, the capabilities and content of the websites you are accessing, network management practices as deemed necessary, and other factors. When you connect to the HughesNet service using Wi-Fi, your experience will vary based on your proximity to the Wi-Fi source and the strength of the signal.

Transfers of an existing telephone number are not always available.

‡‡Offer represents a $75 savings on HughesNet Voice equipment. 24-month commitment required. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited. Offer ends 01/03/2023.

#$9.95/month offer represents a $20 monthly savings for 3 months. After 3 months, the monthly fee reverts to $29.95. 24-month commitment required. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited. Offer ends 01/03/2023.

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§§$100 Prepaid Card via rebate applies to new HughesNet residential subscribers only. HughesNet equipment and service must be purchased or leased between 11/23/2022 and 01/03/2023 and must remain active for a minimum of 31 days to qualify. Visit for details. Rebate submissions must be received by 03/02/2023. Card expires 6 months from date issued. Certain geographical areas are not eligible to receive offer. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited. Offer ends 01/03/2023.

$49.99/month represents a $25/month savings for 6 months on the 30 GB plan. After 6 months, plan reverts to the standard monthly fee. Monthly Lease Fee may be additional. Offer ends 01/03/2023. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited.

$100 Prepaid Card via rebate applies to new HughesNet residential subscribers only. HughesNet equipment and service must be purchased or leased between 11/23/2022 and 12/2/22 and must remain active for a minimum of 31 days to qualify. Visit for details. Rebate submissions must be received by 03/02/2023. Card expires 6 months from date issued. Certain geographical areas are not eligible to receive offer. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited. Offer ends 12/2/22.

¶¶$99 instant savings requires credit qualification and applies to new, eligible residential subscribers who Lease a new HughesNet system. Not applicable with the Purchase option. Certain geographical areas are not eligible to receive offer. Offer ends 01/03/2023. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited.

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