In the summer of 2015, the Pew Research Center conducted an analysis of Internet use. Among the findings: 85 percent of Americans are regular Internet users.
This data is probably not surprising to most. The Internet is a regular part of daily life. We use if for work, shopping, entertainment, education, news, research and simply passing the time looking up a wide variety of information.
One can access the Internet through DSL or cable. Some still log on through dial-up, though this is an increasingly small percentage. Another common way is through satellite connection.
Is you reside in an urban area, you almost certainly have DSL or cable options to get the Internet into your home. But what if you live in a rural town, far from major cities or suburbs where cable and DSL have reach? You certainly shouldn't have to be left out in the cold.
If you're a small-towner, you can surf the Internet using dial-up or satellite, and satellite internet is a much better option.
Satellite Internet is a wireless connection that uses three satellites to get the Internet to you. One of these satellites is situated at your home, usually on a rooftop. Another is located at your Internet service provider's place of business or central hub. The third satellite is found high above the earth, more than 22,000 miles over the equator.
This isn't the only equipment you'll need for satellite Internet. To complete the connection, you'll need a modem with cables running to and from your onsite dish.
Once your setup is complete, you can access the Internet and browse to your heart's content. Here's how it works:
The advantages of satellite Internet
The disadvantages of satellite Internet
If you live far away from highly populated areas, satellite Internet is easily your most effective and convenient way to log on to the Internet. But if you live in a metropolitan area where DSL, cable or fiber optic connections are available, there's really no reason to use satellite Internet. Here are some reasons why:
Deciding whether to get satellite Internet should simply be a matter of where you live. If you don't have cable, fiber optic or DSL in your area, go with satellite. It's a no-brainer over dial-up. But if the faster connection types are available, the choice is easy: skip the satellite.
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