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Alternative to satellite internet

by the_farmer / February 27, 2013 8:31 AM PST

My parents live in an area where wired internet is prohibitive. They currently subscribe to HughesNet and it is (always has been) atrocious and they need an alternative.

A couple notes:

My iphone that uses the verizon network works great at their house and is tremendously faster than their desktop internet.

They are current DirectTV subscribers for TV

They live NW of Portland, Oregon on Sauvie Island.

Clear Wireless does not work here regardless of what they say.


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by sunwatcher / February 27, 2013 10:08 AM PST

Since you mentioned great service with Verizon mobile, have you looked at Verizon MiFi? These kind of services tend to be a bit pricey depending on your data usage, so you may want to consider that when looking at their data plans.

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by the_farmer / February 28, 2013 5:41 AM PST
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I have been considering Verizon as an alternative. The parents don't use the internet much but that's probably due to the fact that it's nearly impossible to do much more than check email with Hughes. Although the data might be spendy, it can't be much more than what they pay with Hughes ($75 or so) for garbage service.

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by lindadoescount / March 13, 2013 5:12 AM PDT

I've been in their same boat (no pun intended, ha) for almost two years. I decided not to use Hughesnet because of the cost. I have been very pleased with Clearwire, and I pay $32.00 a month. You might look into this for an alternative. It IS frustrating to say the least. Good luck.

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