Satellite Internet Providers

Satellite internet providers are those companies who offer access to the internet through the use of satellites when cable and dsl solutions are not available or practical. This is especially advantageous in rural areas, unserviced areas, and mountain tops.
The major satellite providers include HughesNet, Skyway, Starband, and Wildblue. 

HughesNet will install satellite modem at your home and link it to your antenna / satellite dish. Your dish then communicates over the internet to provide you with high speed internet without the wires. They also allow leasing or purchasing the satellite hardware. Depending on the speed of the internet connection that you want, the price of connecting to HughesNet will go up. The most basic plan is a download speed of 1.0 Mbps and an upload speed of 128 Kbps which costs $59.99 a month. The best plan that they offer is a download speed of 5.0 Mbps and an upload speed of 300 Kbps which costs $349.99 a month.

Skyway specializes in rural high speed internet service. They require the user to purchase the satellite equipment, an activation fee, and professional installation. The most basic plan is a download speed of 256 Kbps at $29.95 a month. The best plan is a download speed of 1.5 Mbps at $79.95 a month.

Starband offers high speed satellite internet service to home office, small office and small business customers. They require purchase of the satellite equipment as well as a 12 or 24 month contract. The most basic plan is a download speed of 1Mbps with an upload speed of 128 Kbps for $69.99 a month with a 24 month plan. The best plan is a download speed of 1.5 Mbps with an upload speed of 256 Kbps for $99.99 a month with a 24 month plan.

Wildblue boasts offering high speed internet to virtually any home in 48 states. They require a 24 month contract, lease fee, and an activation fee. The most basic plan is a download speed of 512 Kbps and an upload speed of 128 Kbps for $49.95 a month. The best plan is a download speed of 1.5 Mbps and an upload speed of 256 Kbps for $79.95 a month.