Question: I live in a very rural area without cable, DSL or the other usual broadband options. How in the world can I improve my Internet connection beyond the weak Verizon 3G connection I use?Answer: I get this question dismayingly often — in the last few weeks, once from a reader quoted above, then from the guy I buy cheese from at my usual farmer’s market. And there usually aren’t good answers to it.Hoping that your local telephone or cable-TV monopoly will extend service is unlikely to be rewarded, although Comcast did pledge to extend service to another 400,000 homes as part of its merger with NBC Universal. If a neighbor with broadband lives close enough, however, you can try rigging a souped-up Wi-Fi network to relay the connection; “white spaces” wireless (often, misleadingly, called “super WiFi”) running on unused TV frequencies may help with that soon.The usual option for people beyond the reach of wired broadband is satellite Internet access, which only requires a clear view of the southern sky. Historically, high costs for equipment and the service itself, stringent usage limits, slow connections and the lag induced by the 44,000-mile round trip data must take to and from… Read full this story
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