There are only a few
satellite Internet providers - unlike most standard Internet services. Perhaps it's the high
cost of satellite start-up, but the field has been limited to just a few excellent
Satellite Internet service
requires the user to buy a satellite dish for Internet service. The user cannot use a preexisting
satellite dish unless they purchase a dish adaptor to also accommodate Internet service. Most satellite services
require a minimum time contract period with a fee for early termination.
Let's review the two most prominent satellite Internet providers and the services that they offer.
DirecWay - DirecWay is the satellite Internet provider
partnered with DirecTV service.
DirecWay makes use of DirecTV's Hughes satellite. With DirecWay, there is no software to
install on the computer, fast access, and secure sites. DirecWay is great for linking multiple
computers together in a network. DirecWay requires a separate satellite dish
from DirecTV. Even though they are
sister companies, DirecTV and DirecWay maintain separate billing centers. DirecWay's cost starts at $69.99 per
month, with additional fees for professional services. DirecWay offers the standard home
program with five email addresses.
StarBand - StarBand, owned by StarBand Communications, is the
leader in satellite Internet services.
StarBand launched service in 2000. Originally only a one-way satellite option (users were required to
maintain a dial-up modem for up-way data transmission) StarBand quickly updated
services to include two-way service. StarBand's service starts at $69.99.
Satellite Internet still has
a few bugs to work out, but most consumers find that the incredible speed offered by satellite service far out ways any of the potential problems. As more and more customers opt for
satellite Internet services, the systems are smoothing out and the service is getting better and better. For unparalleled speed, Satellite Internet is the way to go.