How can i get highspeed internet where i live?

CW asked:

I’m in western North Carolina and I live 12 miles out of town in sort of a small area with no highspeed internet access available that i know of. Is there any way I can get service without them building a tower on a mountain nearby? Right now I just use dial up and i have to pay for an extra line and slow internet so I’d really like to be able to get DSL or something.

highspeed internet providers


  1. blue.bios
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    satellite internet connection

    Nope. You may be able to use satellite internet though but I’m not sure.

  2. BountyJack
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    internet dsl

    Try moving to a more populated area.

  3. Matt
    Posted December 27, 2009 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    satellite internet service

    The only way you can do that is have them run a cable out there to you… Which they will then charge you for that, and it’s not cheap.

    But other than that, if they don’t offer it… your out of luck until they do. :(

  4. Loyal B
    Posted December 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    cable internet

    You can get it via satellite, but it is not real cheap. I think either dish network or direct tv are still offering hi speed internet via satellite.

  5. V~
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    high speed isp

    Have you tried going through your cable or phone company?

  6. Joan H
    Posted December 30, 2009 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    high speed access

    Good luck! My neighbor got DSL a full year before I could get it, and our phone wires were coming off the same pole. But eventually everyone will be able to get DSL off your phone lines. Just a matter of time. You might try satellite, but it’s expensive.

  7. independentwoman1st
    Posted January 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    speed internet

    I live in a small town too. and right now I’m using dial-up as you are, i would recommend looking in the phone book maybe and calling phone companies or Internet companies in your area and ask around. That’s what i would do if i was in your situation. Good luck with it.

  8. puzzled
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    internet connections

    You CAN try a satellite provider but you’re going to pay a fortune for it and it probably will only be about 3 times faster than dial up.

    I found this link for an ISP in NC:
    I’m not sure EXACTLY where you live, but you can check out the site and see if you’re in range.

    Here’s an actual list of ISPs in NC
    You may need to browse through them to see if any are provided in your area.

    I feel your pain with the dial up. Unfortunately not every area in America is Internet-ready….yet. Wimax may change that in the future…but that’s a long way down the road.

    Also, here’s some tips on how to increase your dial up internet speed:

    Good luck!

  9. OlMacDude
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Check to see if you have any wifi companies in your area providing service. These systems are line-of-sight, so if you cannot see the provider tower, you can’t get service. Chances are if the community you are 12 mi from is small, there may not be a provider in the area.

    Your other option is the new cellular based service. Basically, your provider sets you up with a converter box that plugs into a wall outlet. It is about 40% more expensive than regular DSL, but they are currently being advertised in Canada as “portable internet”. You can take the box with you, and as long as you have their cellular service where you go (and 120v power), you have internet.

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