A lot of people ask me, “Why is Satellite Internet more expensive than DSL?” The answer is not as simple as just another global conglomerate charging more than the competition, just because they can or because the quarter has changed. No. More than meets the eye. Satellite internet is a complex, but effective, way of getting fast rural internet without that “mucking about” in cyberspace so many people who still have dial up are tormented with. For the record, most people who call Satellite Internet Providers, live in an area where no other fast internet is available. This is not to downplay the significance Satellite Internet has played in the lives of many a dial up stricken rural Americans. What I mean, is that if you have an option for cable Internet, that should be your first choice simply because of what I like to call the, “bang for your buck factor” (Dollar amount vs. Internet speed) . Most cable connection, nowadays, run somewhere between 3-10 Mbps on average (3000 – 10,000 Kbps) for about $55 per month, DSL comes in a close second at roughly .25-8 Mbps (256-8,000 kbps) for around $45 per month on average. If neither of these two are available, Satellite Internet is the next best thing. Sure, it’s not perfect for online gaming or internet telephones, but for about $69 per month on average for about 1,000 Kbps or 1Mbs, it’s a steal compared to paying for a phone line and a dial up service (about $50 per month ) that you will, undoubtedly, be unhappy with. Let’s talk about that while we’re on the subject. Why would someone pay for a land line, besides out of habit, when everyone they care about has their cell phone number and the only people who call the landline when it’s not tied up are telemarketers? Yes friends, it’s true, the landline has now been rendered useless except for its express purpose of annoyment.
Now, I don’t want to give you the impression that I’m all smoke and mirrors, and because facts are required for the correct analysis of any set of data, I will now present to you the logical argument for Satellite Internet vs. Cable/DSL, observe. According to Spacenews.com, it costs Wildblue Satellite Internet Service, for example, $400 million to build and make functional their new satellite. Alternately, the average cost to put up a commercial building and to run the cable lines for TV and internet, depending on the region, is under a couple million. Less upfront for the company means more bang for your buck The fact of the matter is that if you live in rural America today, you don’t have many options for high speed internet and for a few more dollars than you are spending now on something you hate, spend the extra money on your happiness, you deserve it.