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High speed rural internet
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GregWis    Posted 02-19-2004 at 13:08:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone heard about a proposal to let Electric utilities offer high speed internet to rural customers down the electric line?

We cant get cable or DSL and am dying for high speed at home. Just had a false start with SBC our local phone company. Their website said we good get DSL and so I called and signed up. Paid $150 for the modem/equipment and the when the technician came to our house he said we were 7000 ft too far to get it. Well our driveway alone is about 3000 ft. Then another couple miles into town.

Still hoping here.

Jet9N    Posted 02-19-2004 at 14:49:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes I read something in the newspaper about that.
The article wasn't real explicit, at least I didn't
get much out of it. It sounded to me that it was
not going to happen real soon.

It was in the news, you didn't dream it.


Dennis    Posted 02-19-2004 at 14:44:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
DIRECWAY Satellite is what we use. Expensive setup but better than dial up. No xtra phone line needed/Broadband speed.
We have not had have any outage due to weather yet. (2yrs) We use TWO computers at the same time at no xtra cost and both internet well.

Have a little trouble cause we have windows XP professional operating systems but it was straightened out by their support.

BTW the support has been excellent.

Downside is the intial cost with installation and the monthly cost is $59.00, BUT telephone DSL here is 54.00 a Month.

Dieselrider    Posted 02-19-2004 at 15:05:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what we have and you can have the internet on all the time without tieing up any phone lines. Our old phone lines were a problem before we got this. You couldn't stay connected and was real slow.

Charles    Posted 02-19-2004 at 13:41:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't heard of the power line way of providing faster internet but have heard of areas where they string the DSL cable along on the existing telephone poles/lines
Might check into wireless- it's suppoesed to be a little faster then dialup

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