Who can fill America’s Great Broadband Void? Satellite Internet can.
Although cable and DSL providers offer broadband Internet to metropolitan areas, an estimated 19 million Americans live in areas beyond the geographic scope of that coverage.
Not only can satellite Internet reach remote outposts cable and DSL can’t, but it also brings speeds as good as 10 to 15Mbps for download and 1 to 3Mbps for upload to nearly every home in America.
The high-speed Internet game has a new player: Satellite Internet
Satellite Internet reviews: Who’s on top?
A handful of providers offer Internet via satellite. All satellite Internet providers have a few requirements:
- A home satellite dish
- A modem
- A computer or other web-enabled device
- A satellite in orbit
- A network operations center
All the top providers have all these. How do these providers deliver, at what speeds, and at what price? Here’s a scouting report on the three leading satellite Internet providers:
Specialty: Internet, TV
Pros: Offers discounts with bundles
Cons: It isn’t the fastest, and its data allowances aren’t the biggest
Pros: One- and two-year contracts are available
Cons: Speeds fall far short of HughesNet and Dish
Top 10 Reviews, a leading product-testing website, conducted a study of some common Internet tasks, and how quickly they were carried out with different satellite Internet providers, including photo and music downloads, video, television show and movie viewing. Here’s how select providers performed:
Photos (1MB): 1 second
Song (2MB): 2 seconds
Music video (10MB): 11 seconds
30-minute TV show (20MB): 22 seconds
120-minute movie: 19 minutes
Photos (1MB): 8 seconds
Song (2MB): 16 seconds
Music video (10MB): 1 minute
30-minute TV show (20MB): 2 minutes
120-minute movie: 2 hours