How do I Get High Speed Internet in a Remote Area?
By Patrick Nelson
Remote or rural areas have historically been underserved by communications infrastructure. Communications companies prefer to provide infrastructure in towns and cities where there are more people to help pay for it. Governments have sometimes added a tax-like surcharge to phone bills to help pay for rural communications service. High-speed Internet in remote areas without using fixed, hard-wired connections is possible.
Check with your local cellular phone companies to see if they have introduced Internet services that may work for your application. It's possible remote areas that are topographically suitable -- flat, so the signal can travel -- can provide reasonable speeds to a data card in your laptop.
Check local business listings for specialist antenna installers who will be familiar with your area. They will know if there are antenna solutions that will work. They will also be able to contribute local knowledge; for example, they may be aware of neighbors who have performed similar installations and advise on what success was achieved. Companies exist that provide specialist cellular signal-boosting equipment, if you want to try to do it yourself.
Order a satellite solution. If your home has a clear view of the sky, a satellite receiving solution may be the answer. Be aware that they charge per chunk of data downloaded, or have maximum thresholds, rather than supplying unlimited data with a monthly subscription. They may not be suitable for streaming video. Some installations will work out more expensively than cellular phone or DSL, but can provide an always-on, high-speed Internet connection almost anywhere.
Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.