Is Fixed 4G LTE or Satellite Internet Better for Online Gaming?

By Stephen Kota / April 5, 2020

Fixed wireless internet and satellite internet are often the only internet options in rural areas that don’t have access to wired options like cable internet. For gamers, these two types of wireless internet connection provide two very different user experiences. Let’s take a closer look at how fixed wireless internet and satellite internet compare when…

Is Fixed 4G LTE Internet or Satellite Internet Better for Video?

By Stephen Kota / April 3, 2020

In rural areas without access to wired internet options like cable, fixed wireless internet and satellite internet are often the only two choices. When it comes to online video, these two types of internet connection offer very different user experiences. Let’s take a closer look at how fixed wireless internet and satellite internet compare when…

How Fast Is Your Rural Broadband?

By Stephen Kota / May 8, 2019
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All over the country, the internet is getting faster and faster. In 2018, the mean download speed of a fixed internet connection increased by more than 35% and the mean upload speed increased by more than 20%. With these faster internet speeds, internet users can stream better quality video, have more fun playing online games,…

The Convergence of 5G, IoT, and AI

By Stephen Kota / March 5, 2019
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Today, emerging internet technology draws from mobile broadband, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create strong wireless networks that support a growing number of wireless devices. This new technology has an almost limitless potential to improve our lives by giving us more control over our environments and boosting our efficiency. Let’s…

Internet Provider HughesNet Finishes Testing Its Next-Generation Satellite

By Stephen Kota / March 15, 2017

The fifth generation of satellite internet will, according to HughesNet™, provide much faster data throughputs and a 50% greater capacity. In December 2016, the internet provider successfully launched its EchoStar XIX satellite into geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth. This February, HughesNet announced that it had completed a successful round of in-orbit tests on the…

Short-Range Wi-Fi for Connected Rural Living

By Stephen Kota / January 10, 2017

You know the struggle of finding effective, affordable internet in rural America as well as I do. While, in other parts of the country, never ending buffering and hour-long downloads are a thing of the past, both are still very real to the many rural dwellers who live out of reach of cable and DSL…

SpaceX Unveils Plans to Provide Low-Orbit, Global Satellite Internet

By Stephen Kota / December 8, 2016

A few week ago, Tesla Motor’s space division, SpaceX, unveiled plans to blanket the globe in internet access provided by 4,425 satellites at low-orbit. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, will work with the U.S. government and private investors, including Google, to provide satellite internet service for residential, commercial, institutional, and government use. SpaceX has already…

AgTech Advancements Use Mobile Broadband to Grow Crops

By Stephen Kota / October 5, 2016

Despite the pastoral vision of farmers many city people hold, agriculture has always been a dynamic, innovative industry. Luddites work with age-old agricultural techniques – like, for example, altering the genome of a crop gradually by taking seeds from only the best specimens for replanting – that constantly push the field of agriculture forward. While…

AT&T’s Newest Project Could Bring Mobile Broadband to Isolated Rural Internet Users

By Stephen Kota / October 2, 2016

Like dial-up, AT&T’s new project – AirGig – transmits internet over phone lines, but that’s about where the similarities between dial-up and AirGig stop. AirGig is a new, experimental technology that transmits short range mobile broadband signals from telephone pole to telephone pole. It’s wireless and much faster than dial-up, which is why AT&T has…

Is T1 Internet Practical for Your Rural Business? Yes, but Can You Truly Afford to Dance This Tangle?

By Stephen Kota / September 17, 2016

Oh yes, A T-1 Internet is a dance you must get budgeted for. It is Pricey. It will literally solve all of your connectivity issues in term of VoIP, VPN and video conferencing and oh, you can also add video gaming and video streaming to the fun part. Talk about killing all your birds with…