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    Rural Internet Service Providers

    My girlfriend's dad is having some issues with internet.

    He has an older Apple IMac G4. He is having some issues getting internet setup on his rural farm in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

    There are a couple things confusing us.

    1) Do we need a separate modem for the computer if it has one built in?
    2) What service would be recomended for an older farm couple that is not very tech savvy?

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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Do not get the WildBlue satellite internet. My parents had it and it sucked.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Quote Originally Posted by isufan View Post
    Do not get the WildBlue satellite internet. My parents had it and it sucked.
    Yeah he doesn't want that, does not want a satellite on his house. Can we do Qwest? if so do we have to buy a Qwest modem?



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Quote Originally Posted by weisr2002 View Post
    Yeah he doesn't want that, does not want a satellite on his house. Can we do Qwest? if so do we have to buy a Qwest modem?
    I have Qwest, they're alright, but be prepared for your bill to change monthly. It goes up a buck every month somehow. Sometimes it's easier to get a wireless USB adapter from Verizon and use that for Internet.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    I have Qwest, they're alright, but be prepared for your bill to change monthly. It goes up a buck every month somehow. Sometimes it's easier to get a wireless USB adapter from Verizon and use that for Internet.
    Yeah, we are actually looking into that. Qwest customer service has been a pain to deal with, and have still not gotten his service connected, so we are talking to Verizon about this option.

    Not sure the cost of this though. Is the service reliable?



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    If the property has line of sight to a local coop/elevator there is a good chance that someone like Prairie iNet can provide decent service. There are many other similar providers, just do a google search for one in your area.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Verizon is also a decent option (I use it at home). The pricing comes out to roughly $10 per GB that you use each month. There are many different plans that will save you a little, but I think the cheapest is about $45 per month.

    Depending on their needs you may be able to get away with a Verizon enabled iPad (or other tablet). If all they are doing is emIl and web surfing.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Quote Originally Posted by CompCy View Post
    Verizon is also a decent option (I use it at home). The pricing comes out to roughly $10 per GB that you use each month. There are many different plans that will save you a little, but I think the cheapest is about $45 per month.

    Depending on their needs you may be able to get away with a Verizon enabled iPad (or other tablet). If all they are doing is emIl and web surfing.

    The pay by GB option scares me a little bit. I don't want him to get a $200 bill some month. How much actual usage is a GB? About how many computer hours does this correlate to?



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Check to see is CommSpeed or SpeedNet are in the area. They are branching out in Iowa but I dont know their total coverage. We have a receiver indoors which is about the size of a winterm and have our wirelesss hooked up to it. A few snags over the past year but reliable for the most part.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Quote Originally Posted by weisr2002 View Post
    The pay by GB option scares me a little bit. I don't want him to get a $200 bill some month. How much actual usage is a GB? About how many computer hours does this correlate to?

    It's not something you could correlate to computer hours. It fluctuates based on how you use the internet. If you watch a lot of YouTube videos, subscribe to Netflix, download large files, you'll use up that pretty fast. If you just surf the web and use email (without downloading large attachments like photos very often), you probably won't exceed that 1 GB per month.


    As far as modems: The internal modem will be enough if you want to use dial-up internet service. Otherwise, if you want another kind of service you'll need some other device (and that internal modem will not be used). If they go for DSL, the company they get it from will provide a modem.

    I would recommend DSL if it's available in their area. The service would be provided by their phone company and you would get decent speeds. My parents use Windstream (formerly Iowa Telecom) and it's decent. It comes over the phone lines, so you just plug the modem into a phone jack. It won't tie up your phone like dial-up.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    My parents live in the country just started using their Verizon 5 spot. They don't do any video or music downloading so it works great for them. It has good speed. You can use multiple computers on it at once.



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    Re: Rural Internet Service Providers

    Totally depends on the ISP options in that area. My parents don't have any cable or DSL options and finally caved in to getting a Verizon USB modem to replace their dial up. They get great coverage but like someone said they pay around $45 a month for a 4GB data plan. Shop around, if you aren't a heavy online gamer or don't do a ton of downloading even a simple DSL line is all you'll need to surf the web.


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