Satellite Internet Service, is the one High Speed Internet Service that is available anywhere. As long as one has electricity and (in North America) a clear view of the southern sky, satellite broadband should be available. Service Providers are generally specialized Satellite Broadband Providers. Unlike the first satellite internet services offered a few years back, a dial-up connection is no longer required for uploads. Satellite Internet service operates independently of telephone or cable networks.
Until recently, satellite internet services were limited to a maximum download speed of about 1.5 Mbps and some satellite internet services still offer packages with these maximum speeds. However, with the launch of the communications satellite ViaSat-1 in October of 2011 and the launch of Echostar XVII in 2012 satellite download speeds of up to 15 Mbps and uploads of 3 Mbps are now available. ViaSat-1 service is marketed in the U.S. by ViaSat under the name Exede Broadband and service through the Echostar XVII satellite is marketed by HughesNet
Satellite Broadband Internet is not ideal for consumers who require highly responsive High Speed Internet Service such as that required for online games or stock trading since there is a slight delay during transmissions. You can read more about satellite internet in our article "Satellite Internet: Is it for You?".
Satellite Internet requires about $600.00 in specialized equipment and the proper installation of a small satellite dish with a clear view of the southern sky. Equipment can often be financed or leased by the Satellite Internet Provider.
Generally $50.00 to $90.00 per month depending on service options and speed plus the cost of the equipment and in some case an activation fee of about $100.
There are still satellite internet providers offering plans through older and much slower satellites, but the prices are similar to those offered by the more advanced services. These shouldn't really be considered as viable option except where access to the newer high speed internet satellites is unavailable.
Satellite Internet is fully mobile meaning you don't have to stay close to home to have access. It can be a perfect solution for an RV or the summer cabin where access to wireless internet service is difficult.
Be sure to evaluate all options before choosing a High Speed Internet Service Broadband Provider.