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  •  Depends on the provider and (1+ / 0-)
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    acerimusdux

    the level of service you're willing to pay for.

    Satellite is reasonably fast for something like downloads or streaming. My neighbors watch Netflix movies over satellite without any problems (just not too many, as monthly bandwidth is capped). I maintain commercial websites over satellite.

    We've done VOIP and Skype with video over satellite - it's not that bad. And until recently (see above) our satellite connection was a lot more reliable than our phone lines.

    Latency (time to and from the satellite) affects normal web surfing, and I'd imagine makes gaming useless. I don't play games online, so I couldn't really say. And the problem with latency is the fact that most modern websites (like this one) require a huge number of DNS lookups and connections to ad servers, image and video servers, analytics and other stuff.

    If I run adblock with dKos, it loads in about 3-5 seconds. Without adblock, it takes as much or more than 2 minutes (adblock also blocks a lot of the analytics stuff, some of which will hang the connection for a minute or more).

    I pay around $80/month for about 1.5Mbps service. For  downloads I get close to rated speed. For surfing it's a little better than 56Kbps dialup. If I was on local fiber (I'm a few miles beyond rural, well into remote, about 15 miles from where the road ends altogether) I could get 100Mbps for $30-$40 with no usage caps.

    As to all the claims about lack of service in rural areas, our county is the size of Delaware with a population of less than 70,000. The town I'm near didn't get dial telephones until the late 1970s, but 70% of the county now has fiber to the door, county owned, for phone, 'net and TV.

    It's never too late to have a happy childhood - Tom Robbins

    by badger on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 09:26:53 AM PDT

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    •  fiber to the door, county owned, (0+ / 0-)
      As to all the claims about lack of service in rural areas, our county is the size of Delaware with a population of less than 70,000. The town I'm near didn't get dial telephones until the late 1970s, but 70% of the county now has fiber to the door, county owned, for phone, 'net and TV.
      Sounds Socialist!  Downright unAmerican!

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