I'm looking for advice/suggestions to look into a new internet service provider.
Heres my current setup.
I'm rural, just far enough off the beaten path that I cannot get a cable modem, or DSL. Of course dial-up is available but I need/use/want more bandwidth than it can provide.
I'm currently using Wildblue Satellite Internet, and the cost is about $80 per month. The service is adequate, but we also have a land line (ATT) I have a company issued Cell for my day job which costs me nothing, but it has limited use and crappy reception (Yes a Nextel). My wife and older son have Verizon cell phones.
Needless to say it's quite expensive. I can write off some of this due to the sorter business, but would really like to get this pared down. I'm willing to pick up a smart phone contract but only if it is coupled with a media plan, such as it being able to become the internet service, such as it becoming a "wireless hotspot".
With my internet based business, shipping seems to be the biggest bottleneck, all the computerized shipping and "secure" sites such as PayPal, Fedex, USPS and especially my banking website. These all just bog down to a crawl.
The Wildblue internet broadcasts through a wireless router, and is available throughout the home/office.
The goal is to get smaller, pare down, and have good to excellent internet bandwidth. I'm willing to get rid of my land line, and the Wildblue, which will free up over $150 a month. This can go towards the Smart Phone, and wireless hotspot internet etc.
If any of you have suggestions or experiences that you are happy with, and specific companies and equipment please let me know so I can investigate.
I'm in the Southwest Michigan area. I think we have 3G available now from some companies, and 4G is coming from ATT and Verizon before long. I think we are on the cusp of having some more options here, but equipment combinations seem to be limited and confusing. Is there a stand alone wireless internet "hot spot" company that has high bandwidth and a pretty resonable amount of "data" that can be downloaded each month, I know some of the air-cards limit the amount of MB you can download per month.
Thanks for any help/suggestions.