Stay connected anywhere with satellite internet

Big internet isn’t just for the big cities. Whether you live in a remote area, a small town, or an internet desert, you deserve an internet connection you can count on. With EarthLink Satellite Internet, you’ll get the most reliable connection, faster speeds than DSL, and customer service that won’t let you down.

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The world’s been a lot bigger ever since the internet came along. Not only can you connect with people around the world, but you can also learn, work, and play from your home with a reliable internet connection.

If you live in a rural or less-populated area, you might think spotty internet service or slow speeds are just part of the deal of small-town living. Maybe that was the case 20 years ago, but times have changed and so has the internet.

EarthLink Satellite Internet is one of your best – and maybe your most reliable – internet service choices. Popular internet options such as cable, fiber, and even fixed wireless internet may not be available in your neck of the woods. But our satellite internet option, powered by Viasat, can connect you with the rest of the world – especially if you live in hard-to-reach places.

Here's the dish on satellite internet

We know getting a reliable internet connection has been an uphill battle for you. Some internet service providers may have even described your home as “unserviceable” – meaning they can’t offer you any form of internet. But a satellite internet plan can put you back on the map.

Thanks to its wide availability, satellite internet has been the choice for rural home internet for years. Satellite internet speed is faster and more widely available than DSL, which connects to the internet via phone lines and is notoriously slow and unreliable.

Satellite internet works off a satellite dish installed on or near your home, which receives and sends a signal from a satellite orbiting the Earth. With an unobstructed view of the sky, you’ll be ready to get back to surfing the web. Keep in mind: this can also make your connection susceptible to the weather in your area.

It’s not uncommon to lose internet connection or experience slower speeds during thunderstorms, rain or heavy overcast. More than likely, you’ll need to wait out storms and strong winds till you can get back online. This technology requires professional installation, so startup costs should be expected. Most contracts with satellite internet will require longer contracts than other wired and cable internet options.

How Does Satellite Internet Work?

While most wired internet services such as fiber and cable run off cables buried in the ground, satellite internet functions thanks to signals in the air from your home to a satellite dish in the Earth’s atmosphere to a satellite internet provider.

Ever wonder how the internet works? Whenever you visit a web page, the information on your screen isn’t coming from your own computer — it’s being stored on a server in another location. Thanks to a handy dandy internet connection, you’re able to access that information.

Instead of receiving and sending signals via cables in the ground to access that webpage, your device sends the request through your dish at home, to the satellite dish in the sky, to the provider’s hub dish. The hub dish then sends the signal to the server on the ground through a wired connection. Then the entire sequence reverses until the data finally displays on your computer screen. This whole process takes less than a second.

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The biggest myths of satellite internet

Myth 1: I have to move to get fast, reliable internet.

Believe it or not, you don't have to live in a major city or populated suburb to get a decent internet connection anymore. Sure, those areas might have better access to faster forms of internet such as fiber and wired internet. But with satellite internet, you can get connected at speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Myth 2: If I don't have cell service at my home, I can't get internet.

Living in rural and remote areas means you've probably experienced spotty cell service. "You’re breaking up," might be a common phrase you've heard. This means internet services like fixed wireless internet, which operate based on cell phone tower signals, might not be the best choice for you. While fixed wireless internet is a great rural alternative, if you already struggle with cell service, satellite internet is a better option for you.

Myth 3: I can get by using a mobile hotspot.

Mobile hotspots are great for traveling or a backup for when your internet service is down, but it's not a reliable solution for performing regular tasks on the web. Not only are hotspots not recommended for long-term use, but they typically come with hefty fees from your mobile carrier. Your current phone and plan might not even come with a mobile hotspot. Satellite internet, on the other hand, is reliable for everyday use and tasks such as surfing, checking email, working, and connecting with others online.

Myth 4: Satellite internet is too expensive.

It's true, home satellite internet requires equipment and professional installation, which means startup costs can be more expensive than other forms of internet. But did you know that equipment can be leased or purchased? That's right, you have an option to lease or buy your satellite internet equipment, which offers you (and your wallet), more flexibility.

Our internet experts can quickly bust any myths and answer questions about satellite internet. Call to see if satellite is right for you.

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With EarthLink, we're all about getting you connected to what matters most – no matter where you call home. Call our internet experts today and let's get you synced up with the rest of the world again.

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