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    Rural internet options

    I've been looking for a new house and have found one that I like, but not quite sure I can afford yet. One of the few things that bothers me about the house is the inability to get decent internet. It is located in a rural subdivision just outside of Ames.

    Here are the options that I know about:
    1.) DSL - not available, Qwest doesn't want to "invest" in the equipment for a rural subdivision
    2.) Cable - not available, no Mediacom
    3.) Wireless (Prairie iNet) - not available, no line of sight to station
    4.) Cellular - probably not available, my At&t phone gets 1 bar at the house, Sprint/Nextel internet probably wouldn't have good reception there either
    5.) Satelite - available, not suitable for online games and there is a data transfer limit (5-17gb depending on plan)

    Are there any other internet options that I am not aware of that might be available?



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    Re: Rural internet options

    My parents use dialup at their house



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    Re: Rural internet options

    Where is the house and what price?



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    Re: Rural internet options

    My in-laws live on a farm in southern Iowa outside of Oskaloosa and have Iowa Telecom dsl works pretty good



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    Re: Rural internet options

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    My in-laws live on a farm in southern Iowa outside of Oskaloosa and have Iowa Telecom dsl works pretty good
    I have Iowa Telecom DSL, but I have a word of advice if you do indeed get it: don't use their modems, they're terrible.



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    Re: Rural internet options

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneu View Post
    My parents use dialup at their house
    So do mine, they have no other option. Hopefully Iowa Telecom eventually upgrades their area so they can at least get DSL.

    Verizon also has air cards like Sprint does and usually at least for cell phone coverage they are better than Sprint in rural areas. Other than that you may be SOL. The satelite carriers I hear have terrible upload speeds and some of our remote people at work use it because that is all they can get and I can tell you just trying to do remote assistance over it, its just as bad as dialup from that standpoint.


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    My dad travels alot in rural areas visiting farmers and uses Verizon's wireless plugin for his laptop. It works very well. I'm not sure how well it would work if you are using a desktop but it is realatively inexpensive as well and works almost anyhwere.


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    Re: Rural internet options

    Quote Originally Posted by CompCy View Post
    4.) Cellular - probably not available, my At&t phone gets 1 bar at the house, Sprint/Nextel internet probably wouldn't have good reception there either
    The reception problem could likely be alleviated by an amplifier and external antenna. They aren't that expensive...

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    Re: Rural internet options

    Quote Originally Posted by CyGuy33 View Post
    My dad travels alot in rural areas visiting farmers and uses Verizon's wireless plugin for his laptop. It works very well. I'm not sure how well it would work if you are using a desktop but it is realatively inexpensive as well and works almost anyhwere.
    You can probably buy a PCMCIA adapter to use it on a PC. There are routers out there, especially for Sprint, that you can plug the card into and use it although I have heard that Verizon will not allow that.


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    Re: Rural internet options

    Verizon does like to limit their options for some reason so this would not suprise me. But it works well in notebooks.


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    Re: Rural internet options

    There are some companies that will install dishes on your house for it. DirecTV now has internet through their dish I guess. Iowa Telecom is through I have mine through, it is not as fast as Cable right now, and I have it through my local independent phone company. It all depends on where you move.


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    Re: Rural internet options

    What, are you buying Alaskaguys house? Oh no wait, he HAS internet... Lord, where is this place your looking at?



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    Re: Rural internet options

    I'd stay away from satellite. Hughesnet (used to be Directway) is expensive and unreliable and support is insane. I had a similar situation where I lived just outside of Ames and satellite was the only high speed option. I had to buy it because my wife took classes online but got so bad that we cancelled it last summer and she drove to Jewell to have classes until we moved.



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    Re: Rural internet options

    I would be careful with those plug-in internet cards. You might get connectile disfunction.



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    Re: Rural internet options

    I wouldn't judge everyone else's coverage by AT&Ts. They have garbage coverage. Sprint or Verizon both have solid broadband cellular packages. It's probably not as good as "real" broadband, but it's not too bad.


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