Some idiot had the brilliant idea to develop an
alternative internet service using orbiting satellites. Hughes Net
being pretty much the only option for those without broadband or high speed
dial tone service like DSL. Every time I see the commercials I just
freak out! It is not better than dial up for upload speeds which
rarely exceed 38kps. That is 38 kilobytes per second. Download
speeds are slightly better.
I write this as I sit in a snowstorm
waiting for both satellite tv and internet to go down. Not a matter of
if, just simply when and for how long. After a snow storm, we
could be without satellite internet until a big strong man climbs up on the
icy roof and literally sweeps the snow off of the dishes. We live in
the deep forest and the only un-impacted direct line of site is on the
uppermost roof level.
Last week my son asked if I could upload
the video of the granddaughter winning the county spelling bee. "Well,
sure", I said, "Soon as I get a clear sunny day I'll allocate several hours
uploading a 2 megabyte file to my You Tube Account.". He was
kind of hoping to send it on to other grandparents. Like NOW. So
sorry, we have satellite internet service. The WORST internet in
We have had Hughes Net out here so many
times, the technician asks for a soda before he leaves. They've
changed the receptor satellite several times. The dish has been
changed and the cabling toned out and tweeked up. The last
time I made him stay and drink his soda to watch me pull up a couple web
sites. Three to five minutes each before any web page is fully
downloaded. The 'party' line is that it might take several hours for
the satellite to 're-calibrate' itself. I think it is an exit strategy
translated to, "Please lady don't make me stand here and watch! I just
can't bear it!"
I have a goat farm in North Carolina.
I also try to maintain a website that sells our goat milk soap, lotions,
etc. We also buy and sell goats on line. The nature of this
website is to keep it updated continually. It is just not good to sell
a goat and not get the profile off line quickly. Some days the
only time I have to do web site work is at night when I am beyond exhausted.
I have actually fallen asleep in my chair waiting for new files to upload to
My dad says that although the satellite
dish downloads directly from outer space, uploads are done via cell phone
built into the dish. I have yet to get a straight answer about this
but it makes sense. Check Hughes Net website. The promise no
more than 38-56 kps. This is generally worse than dialup.
The fight in our house is that the husband
thinks (considering the source) the download speeds are perfectly
satisfactory. On the other hand, I work with digital photos which requires
frequent emailing or uploading of large photo files. The battle
continues and short of moving away, we might get divorced over it.
If one more person tells me that 'all we
have to do is' .... pick a lame stupid excuse. No, cable tv doesn't
come out here. No, DSL is not available. No we can't move.
It seems everyone has a suggestion including relocating. One might
think we were in the remote vast wonderland of Wyoming or Alaska.
Nope. We are within 10 minutes of civilization. Well, OK, 20
minutes if we want a big grocery store. DSL and cable service are
available to people less than 5 minutes away. There is a massive fiber
optic run going down the highway less than a mile away. AT&T has
absolutely no plan or intentions to tap into that line to allow people in
this fairly large sized neighborhood to have high speed dial tone.
And the best submission of all:
Hughes Net should be ashamed of