As the United States travels from land lines to cell phones, and computers become the rule rather than the exception, there is still a considerable percentage of the rural American population left behind. This gap of technology between corporate America and rural homes is often referred to as the Digital Divide.
A company called WildBlue has made huge strides in bridging the gap of technology between rural and corporate society by offering satellite internet. WildBlue satellite internet is basically the same concept as satellite television, only it provides high-speed broadband internet access to ALL areas that are outside of local cable or DSL range. WildBlue uses a small satellite dish, which delivers a KA band internet signal to virtually anywhere in the contiguous 48 Continental United States. WildBlue’s new satellite will give a chance for millions of households to have high-speed internet for the first time ever. The new satellite, which was launched to expand the existing satellites capacity, should be available to ALL customers as early as March, 2011.
With WildBlue’s penetration into rural America, more and more consumers will be able to enjoy the advantages of having broadband internet at their fingertips. Now the dream of working from your home or farm can become reality. Also, students or home schooled kids will have access to the tools they need for all their educational needs. Online classes are very prevalent in today’s society, and having broadband access is the only way to access these services effectively. Farmers can now communicate with the buyers of their products in a timely manner, as well as coordinate with suppliers efficiently. Besides having broadband for work, many families will now have access to purchase goods or services from their home instead of driving 50 miles to the nearest city. Now, surfing the internet for fun can be possible without spending all day in front of the computer screen waiting on your dial-up connection to work.