7 Ways to Get Broadband Internet in Rural and Remote Areas

Many people love the peace and tranquility found in rural areas. You don’t have to give up high-speed Internet access just because you live outside the reach range of DSL and cable connections.

The Federal Communications Commission attempted to convert a rural telephone company into a subsidized service for broadband Internet access. A federal appeals court in Washington DC approved the effort in early 2014. The program, worth 4.5 billion dollars, would provide high-speed Internet access in rural areas that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.

This program is part of the $9 billion Universal Service Fund. It’s known as Connect America. The Universal Service Fund supports many projects that provide telecommunications links for low-income families, communities, schools, and other resources.

Although many global initiatives are similar to FCC, rural access to high-speed Internet is still a problem. Due to the high cost of installation by cable companies, most rural areas do not have digital subscriber lines (DSL) or access to cable internet.

Dial-up access was the only option for Internet access until the past decade. Dial-up access has the lowest speed and is not able to support many bandwidth-intensive applications like video streaming and VoIP programs like Skype. It also does not allow for media box and Xbox applications as well as home entertainment options such as InternetTV.

What are your options if you don’t have access to a Digital Subscriber Line or cable connection in your area?

How to get broadband internet in remote and rural areas

While government agencies work with rural and cellular telephone carriers to bring broadband Internet access to the underserved, it is important to not give up if your area has been denied high-speed Internet access. There are many options for high-speed broadband Internet access. These are just a few options that you might want to consider:

1. Satellite Internet

Satellite Internet connections are a great option for rural areas that do not have DSL or cable. No matter where you are located, you can get a high-speed connection no matter what.

Satellite Internet connections involve the installation of a satellite dish that picks up high-speed broadband signals from the southern skies. It allows even remote areas to have high-speed Internet connections. High-speed broadband Internet connections can be obtained via satellite by providers like HughesNet and DISH network.

Many satellite providers are also working to improve their services by offering faster data speeds and greater capacity to allow for easier data downloading. HughesNet, for example, recently launched Gen4, which offers rural customers fourth-generation high-speed broadband Internet access.

Customers in rural areas can now access bandwidth-intensive apps through a faster broadband connection. This includes streaming video, high-speed apps, and games as well as many other technologies that need more bandwidth to work properly.

Satellite Internet connections will cost you the cost of installation, and then you’ll pay a monthly fee depending on the plan you select. Except for heavy storms or excessive cloud cover, the connection is extremely reliable. You can find more information about satellite Internet access in the video below.

2. Mobile Broadband

Rural areas can also use a broadband card to get high-speed internet. You can get a MiFi device, or a USB dongle if you have a cellular phone service. The MiFi device, which is approximately the same size as a credit card, allows you to create a mobile hotspot with your cellular wireless service.

You can also get USB dongles or Internet cards from cell phone providers. These are designed to plug into your computer’s USB connection or PCMIA port to provide high-speed broadband Internet access via your 4G or 3G carrier service.

This type of connectivity can be obtained through your local cellular provider. However, some carriers will require you to sign a contract that includes an additional monthly service fee in addition to your regular monthly cell phone bills. Accessing a mobile phone signal must be possible from the rural areas where you live. This is how rural broadband can be accessed.

3. Hotspot for Tethering

You can use this option if you have access to 4G or 3G in your rural area to get high-speed Internet. Although many cell phone plans limit data transmission to a certain amount, this is still better than dealing with slow dial-up connections. Although your smartphone can’t be used as a hotspot, it is faster than cable or DSL.

Many cellular carriers offer tethering plans. These plans allow you to use your smartphone to connect to high-speed broadband Internet via a portable hotspot. To establish a connection via this method, both devices need to be equipped with Bluetooth.

You can still connect your phone to your computer using your 3G/4G data plan even if your cellular provider does not offer one. This involves activating Bluetooth on both devices to make them recognize each other. Next, select the WiFi network that is most relevant to your smartphone.

This method has one drawback: it uses data for your 3G and 4G services. Overage fees could apply depending on the data plan you have with cellular carriers. Before you consider high-speed broadband Internet, it is wise to do your research.

You will find more information about how to use your smartphone as a hotspot for wireless Internet access in the following video.

4. BPL

BPL is another option to access the Internet in rural areas. Imagine connecting your computer to an electric outlet at home and gaining high-speed Internet access. This is the essence of BPL.

BPL is Broadband Over Power Lines. It uses conventional power lines to establish high-speed Internet access via your home’s AC outlets. To get high-speed Internet access in any room of your house, simply plug an adapter into any AC outlet. BPL is an emerging technology that is being used in limited areas to provide high-speed Internet access to rural residents.

This concept is already well-known in Europe and is now being introduced in some parts of the United States. Due to differences in the power systems of the US and Europe, the delay in the US is due to this.

Step-down transformers are used in US designs to lower the voltage for consumers. This is why there is a difference in the power system configuration. Repeaters are required to attach repeaters to each transformer because the Broadband over Power Lines signal cannot be transmitted through the transformers. An electrical pole must have a repeater to serve one family dwelling. In Europe, a single transformer can service up to 100 homes.

This video will explain how Broadband over Power Lines works, and why it is an effective way to provide rural areas with high-speed broadband access.

5. Long Range Wi-Fi Antenna

This is a less popular way to get high-speed broadband Internet. It is worth investigating, as the idea is being used in some rural areas. An antenna is placed outside your house to provide high-speed access to Wi-Fi connections that are several miles away.

Long-range Wi-Fi can be used in rural areas to replace DSL, cable, satellite Internet or fixed WiFi. This technology runs on 802.11/b/g/n. The range depends on the type of antenna used and the transmission power available in the area. This concept is for remote businesses and vacation homeowners who have a home in a remote area.

Long-range Wi-Fi is now being considered an option for rural access to high-speed Internet. There are many types of Wi-Fi antennas. Some can be mounted on your roof, while others can be used in your RV or at home.

A repeater is also an option. A long-range Wi-Fi repeater can be added to your antenna to increase the signal’s reach to enable you to connect to the Internet.

A repeater is basically a transceiver that amplifies and picks up electromagnetic signals. The repeater receives the signal from nearby antennas or wireless routers, amplifies it, then transmits it to extend the signal’s reach over greater distances. The signal, which would otherwise decrease or cease to exist after reaching a certain distance can now be transmitted over a greater distance.

A long-range Wi-Fi repeater can be purchased in many different devices with different capabilities.

6. WiMAX

If your cell phone has 3G or 4G connectivity, WiMAX can provide high-speed Internet access. WiMAX stands to Worldwide Interoperability For Microwave Access, and it is much faster than a Digital Subscriber Line.

WiMAX can be accessed through many wireless carriers, including Sprint and AT&T. This configuration functions in a similar way to a cell tower. It consists of a tower, receiver, and a transmitter. The WiMAX tower can provide Internet connectivity over a larger area, possibly covering up to three thousand square miles.

An antenna and a small box unit are used to transmit WiMAX data. You can also embed the receiver into your device, as most devices have wireless Internet capability. It can provide high bandwidth via a T3 line, or it can establish a connection through a microwave link within the line of sight.

A line of sight connection provides a stronger connection and is faster than a nonline of sight. This is because the line-of-sight connection points directly at WiMAX tower, where a nonline-of sight connection connects using an antenna from your device.

This video will show you how WiMAX works with an antenna and a CLEAR hub modem.

7. Google Internet Balloons (Discontinued).

While this project is still in its infancy, Google has been busy working to launch Internet-beaming antennas to improve Internet access across the globe. This project is called Project Loon and involves the creation balloons capable of flying all over the globe. The aim of this project is to create a connected planet by placing antennas inside giant balloons shaped like jellyfish.

Project Loon, a top-secret project that was launched in New Zealand in June 2013, was already in progress for 18 months when it was first revealed. Google provided Internet access to a limited number of households through translucent helium balloons as a test. The balloons sail 12 miles above the Earth’s surface using wind power, providing Internet access to areas twice as large as New York City. They also cover more than 730 square miles.

Project Loon has much to do, but it could be a viable alternative for rural residents and remote areas to get high-speed broadband Internet. Here’s a video that explains how Project Loon works.

If you live in rural areas, you might be able to use some of these options to get high-speed broadband Internet access. It is important to keep up to date with the latest developments in high-speed Internet connectivity in rural areas. Project Loon is not the only initiative that may increase broadband reach. There are also many other initiatives. There are also new technologies that power companies are working on, which could eventually be used to help rural residents.

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