For people in rural areas, the options for Internet access may be limited and/or expensive. About 5% of the population in the United States lives in rural areas where Internet service is not offered. Rural areas where Internet service may be purchased is often extremely slow unless a high-speed Internet package is purchased from a DSL, wireless, satellite or Cable provider. Some of these options are more readily available than others.
Below is a description of the different Internet options that may be available to residents and businesses located in rural areas: