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Helping You Thrive with Better Rural Internet Options

Rural living is a choice – for more space, cleaner air and a closer-knit community. Thanks to new rural broadband options, you don’t have to sacrifice internet quality to live where you want. 

Ever-changing technology is helping telecommunications companies bridge the digital divide. That means bringing high-speed, reliable internet to support rural communities and small businesses that have had limited options in the past. From healthcare to small family farms and ranches, more reliable internet can help small communities innovate and thrive. 

In many areas, Midco Fixed Wireless Internet is a solution to rural connectivity. How does it stack up against other rural internet options?

 

Fixed Wireless Internet

What It Is

Midco Fixed Wireless Internet relies on wireless signals and antennas. Midco installs equipment on the top of a water tower, grain elevator or other tall structure that is connected to the Midco Network. Then, an antenna on your home or business points directly to that equipment (not at the sky) and delivers high-speed internet using point-to-multi-point signals.

Pros

  • No data caps – Enjoy unlimited internet. Midco doesn’t cap your internet usage, so you can connect all your devices and don’t have to worry about maxing out your data.
  • Accessibility – As long as you live within reach of our equipment – typically within seven miles of the tower – it’s available for you. That means not only homes and businesses but also workshops, barns – any location in sight is an option.
  • Fast download speeds and bandwidth – With download speeds up to 50 Mbps (depending on your distance from our equipment on the tower), Midco Fixed Wireless Internet lets you do more online on all your devices – faster.
  • Constantly evolving technology – At Midco, we’re investing in this technology for the long haul. We keep our equipment up to date with the latest hardware and software, and your internet experience upgrades right along with us.
  • Local support – Midco has local technicians to meet your specific needs, with customer care based right here in the Midwest.

Cons

  • You need to have a clear line of sight to the equipment – You can’t make a connection if rows of trees or buildings block the signal between your antenna and our equipment on the tower.
  • It’s not available everywhere – Fixed wireless technology requires that customers be within reach of our equipment, typically within seven miles. If you live outside this area, we are unable to provide internet service, though we are investing in expanding this technology to more areas in the future. 

 

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

What It Is

DSL brings you internet service over your local phone lines. It’s broadband technology, so it doesn’t tie up your phone line (unlike old-school, dial-up modems).

Pros

  • No new cables – DSL works with what you’ve already got for your landline phone. As long as you have that connection, DSL could be an option for you.
  • No bandwidth sharing – Since it’s delivered via your phone line, you have a dedicated connection unaffected by others’ internet activity.
  • Minimal equipment installation – There’s no antenna to install for access to DSL service – only a DSL modem.

Cons

  • Slower speeds – Technology advances today have outpaced the capabilities of DSL, which generally offers download speeds in the 0.5-25 Mbps range, depending on the availability to your home. While some companies have upped their speed offerings in the last couple of years, they’ve increased their costs, too.
  • Required bundling – Most DSL providers require customers to pay for a phone line bundled with your internet.
  • Data caps – Many DSL companies enforce data caps. While these data caps may not result in overage charges, as was standard in the past, the companies will slow down your speeds (also known as “throttling”) for any data use beyond those caps.
  • Distance affects quality – Your distance from the local network office or network telephone exchange may affect your available internet speeds.

 

Satellite

What It Is

With satellite internet, data travels from an antenna (at your home or business) to a satellite orbiting the earth. Data comes back to you the same way.

Pros

  • Availability – Satellite internet is available practically anywhere. That makes it an option for people living in remote or less accessible areas.

Cons

  • Slower speeds – Satellite internet speeds generally range from 1 Mbps to 25 Mbps, depending on availability. Satellite internet is slower in part because of the extra time involved with sending signals thousands of miles into space and back again. This leads to higher latency, which can affect services that use large amounts of data, such as video conferencing, gaming and streaming.
  • Data caps – Satellite companies typically limit your data usage, with caps ranging from 40 GB up to 150 GB, depending on your plan. (Streaming an hour of high definition video typically uses 3 GB or more of data.) And depending on your provider, once you hit the data cap, you will either experience extreme throttling, or you may lose your internet connection altogether.
  • Line-of-sight and weather-related issues – As with fixed wireless, you need a clear line of sight between your antenna and the equipment, but in this case the equipment is thousands of miles away. This means you deal with more than just trees and buildings. Surrounding terrain, storms and other weather conditions can interfere with signals.

 

Every household, business and community deserve to have fast, reliable internet to connect them to the world. That’s why Midco is investing in bringing fixed wireless technology to more rural areas in the Midwest. See if Midco Fixed Wireless is available for you.

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