Satellite High Speed Internet Access
Satellite Internet access works in much the same way as satellite television. Unlike satellite television which can only receive or download a signal satellite Internet service is able to upload as well. This is done through the use of a 2 way satellite receiver/transmitter. Currently download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload of 500 Kbps make satellite Internet service comparable to most DSL products.
In the United States up to 18% of homes are not currently serviced by a DSL or cable broadband provider making satellite the only viable high speed solution. Satellite Internet provides previously unavailable high speed Internet service to over 500,000 people in rural communities across the nation.
While generally available in most areas some locations (such as highly mountainous regions) may not be serviceable as an unobstructed view of the southern sky is required. This is due to the "line of sight" requirement inherent with satellite technology.
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