That’s fine as long as Wildblue didn’t oversell the *(@#& beam. And didn’t extend the latency on the *(#&$ gateway. And knock 25% off your *(@#&$ limit without warning and no price deduction.
I had WB for two years. They were great for the first couple of months; then they got greedy. My service tanked and since WB is marketed as a fixed wireless internet option for residences, there is no way on God’s green earth you’re going to stay under a measly 7.5GB cap a month when you have teenagers.
Satellite is not, I repeat, NOT broadband. The latency is too long, long enough to cause SSL sites to time out and make banking impossible. I could’ve put up with $70 internet bills. My speed was 1mb (on a good day) but I was OK with it. The straw that broke this camel’s back was the nuisance of having to play FAP cop.
I’m just 30 miles west of Ann Arbor and use a grandfathered Alltel (TRUE unlimited) aircard for our internet. They were fantastic...and then VZW took over. Frontier is scheduled to deploy DSL any day now — Michigan company Turnkey ran the final checks on the DSLAM last week and all is a go — but the deployment was scheduled BEFORE the Obamimation took office.
I understand we’ll never see cable, let alone FIOS. There are areas where wimax and LTE could be deployed reasonably. But some providers (:koffAT&TComcastCoxkoff:) are convinced we ruralites don’t want internet. No; we just assume it’s not available which is mostly true.