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New High Speed Internet Options Are Coming to Rural America


Latin woman looking disappointed at her laptopscreen, sitting behind her desk at the office.While 1 Gbps speeds have been rolling out across major US marketplaces, many rural Americans have struggled to find high-speed Internet.

In the past companies had a difficult time justifying running miles of fiber to connect a handful of homes when running a mile of cable in a major city connects hundreds of paying customers. Many Internet services said the time involved would be too great for the return on their investment.

So millions of Americans faced slow dated DSL, dial-up, or satellite Internet. Now that is all changing.

Now companies like Frontier, Microsoft CenturyLink, and AT&T are all rolling out fixed wireless home Internet in rural areas as part of a new FCC push to bring better Internet to rural America. This new fixed wireless allows Internet companies to cover rural homes for a fraction of the cost of running a wire to each home.

Now, this is not 5G. We are still likely a year or so away from 5G wireless home Internet rolling out across the United States. This new system offers 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps down and this fixed wireless technology is ready to roll out today unlike 5G, which is still a few years away in these markets.

Although 10 to 20 Mbps may seem slow, it is a huge jump in speed compared to the 1.5 Mbps many rural Americans have right now.

5G is ultimately the answer to slow Internet speeds across the United States with its ability to offer fiber speeds wirelessly. 5G also is designed to better handle more devices and network congestion than 4G LTE.

Currently, a long list of companies are testing 5G including AT&T, Verizon, Dish, Charter, and Google. It is reported that by 2020 half of the United States should have 5G, but it is likely to start in larger markets making this new fixed wireless Internet for rural America so important.

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  • Michael Smith

    The costs associated With AT&T are outrageous. In my rural area the wireless internet is offered by two companies with one being a line of sight requirement (which is not feasible with the hills and forests) that requires a small dish mounted 120 feet in the air at my home. The other is AT&T which is offered as a wifi hot spot for cell phone which is 5 mps with a 40 gig max or a 1 Terra byte max plan both for $95/month per line without fees and taxes. I will stick with my 15 mbps telcom DSL which is a lot cheaper than the previously mentioned offerings at $55/month with taxes and fees.

    • Sunflower

      We have the line of sight wireless here. Unlimited data, $86.95 month 3 M down, but the speed is variable and the tower is vulnerable to lightning. The 7 M down is $157.95 which is ridiculous.

      • Jan Kever

        $86.95 a month for 3MBps is ridiculous.

        • Sunflower

          My thoughts exactly.
          Speed tests occasionally show me at higher speeds, but this is so variable as to be laughable. We have DS’s xbox one, my desk top and DH on Roku. Many times DS will say it’s lagging too bad and DH will have Roku kick him off.
          Apparently I am supposed to pay $157.95 a month for 7 m up and 2 down for a more reliable speed for our needs.

  • tweech1999

    I really want to try one of these. In my rural county, we have ONE internet provider. I pay $60 for 8Mbs, that is usually no more than 4Mbs. I do online gaming, and from what I have read, satellite internet does not work well with gaming. Plus there is the data cap. I will say the one thing that my ISP offers that is good, is unlimited data.