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Jim1

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Ranking by Internet Access
« on: October 30, 2002, 07:53:39 pm »

Now that I finally have broadband Internet connection, I would be VERY reluctant to move to an area that only has 56K Internet access (or satellite access, which has too much latency to be an alternative to cable modems or DSL).

Perhaps someone has researched what is available in each state.
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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2002, 08:58:58 pm »

It's a problem even in my little town, which is only 15 miles from Silicon Valley as the crow flies.  We'll probably get DSL here when hell freezes over, or later.

I've heard of cases where neighbors in outlying areas band together privately to alleviate the problem.  They buy a T1 line (an expensive high speed line from the phone company), then share it using a cheap Linux server connected to each house with ethernet.  Rooftop wireless systems can also be used to avoid wires strung everywhere.  A friend who lives in an even more remote part of the hills than I do is thinking of doing this.  I'm a little hazy on the details but it sounds like a good idea.
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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2002, 03:55:30 pm »

I've heard of cases where neighbors in outlying areas band together privately to alleviate the problem.
As an example, here's an article about a community network project in England:

http://ds.dial.pipex.com/psand/clan/

Note the use of a brew pub to improve reception.
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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2002, 04:42:22 pm »


Not precisely what you were after, but you may find this link interesting anyway:

Rural America Takes to Makeshift Broadband

But, you gotta love the self-reliant spirit at work here!  They sound like ready-made FSPers to me!
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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2003, 09:22:24 pm »

Does any one have any idea how to find out the availablity of high-speed internet access before moving somewhere?  I have done some searching, but everwhere I've seen requires you to put in your phone number, and usually address as well, to find availability, which obviously you don't have yet if you're just researching moving to somewhere.  Availability of broadband access would be a requirement for me of moving to whichever state is chosen, so obviously I would like to research this ahead of time.  Anyone have any ideas?
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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2003, 01:21:47 am »

Does any one have any idea how to find out the availablity of high-speed internet access before moving somewhere?  I have done some searching, but everwhere I've seen requires you to put in your phone number, and usually address as well, to find availability, which obviously you don't have yet if you're just researching moving to somewhere.  Availability of broadband access would be a requirement for me of moving to whichever state is chosen, so obviously I would like to research this ahead of time.  Anyone have any ideas?

Why not just get a number from the area?  You really do not have to worry, parts of all of the 10 states have broadband.
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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2003, 05:42:32 am »

Here's a link to an FCC map that reportedly shows broadband availability in the United States.  It only reduces to zip codes though, so it may not mean that you could get broadband in every part of every zipcode where it is otherwise available:

http://www.cable-modem.net/images/maps/coverage_map.gif

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Re:Ranking by Internet Access
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2003, 08:16:02 pm »

Cool.  Thanks for all the good info.
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