How to Receive Broadband Internet in Rural Areas
The Long-Range Wireless Method
- 1). If satellite Internet is not for you, perhaps because of price, there is an alternative: bouncing a long-range wireless signal from a central access point that has sufficient bandwidth. It is possible to go through a traditional Internet service provider. The method may not be feasible in all areas for a number of reasons, some geographical, which cannot be helped.
- 2). Assuming the local geography does not prevent this option, the first thing required is a significant number of people within the broadcast range of the wireless transmitter who also need broadband Internet access. Usually, if you can get a large enough number of people to agree to share the bandwidth, the ISP will set up the primary access point and divide the cost between the users. There is no guarantee that the ISP will give all the users a separate bill; in some cases, depending on the particular ISP and situation, one person may have to take responsibility for the entire cost and bill the others.
- 3). Assuming you have a group of willing subscribers in place and have worked out the billing, the next thing that needs to be done is setting up the wireless infrastructure. Luckily, this will probably be taken care of by the ISP or the person nominated to manage the network. If you are that person, the transmitter should be placed somewhere free of interference and high; popular locations include grain silos and water towers --- essentially anything tall and sturdy. That takes care of the physical setup, but it is recommended that there be security on the transmitter; see the transmitter's user guide for more information.