Just spoke with a rep from HughesNet this week after repeated unanswered calls and messages to Starband. Here’s what I found out:
1. I can get a faster Internet connection via satellite than DSL in Tok. 3 meg download compared to 512k on DSL. That speed, of course, doesn’t include the latency of satellite Internet connections which take getting used to because that pause feels like a lack of speed.
2. I will have to buy a $699 satellite dish to get the service (with a $100 rebate so technically $600).
3. I will probably want the largest commercial account – 1250 MB for $180/month. That is compared to DSL for $195/month for 1/2 the speed but only a $50 deposit and $50 modem cost to get up and running.
Yes, I’m going to invest in the dish. Nothing says “I’m surfing the Net from rural Alaska” better than a satellite dish on top of our house.
Have you had any experience with satellite Internet? Any advice you have to offer?