Hello, I have Bellsouth dial up and I have Directv. Why can’t I get broadband or wireless thru my dish? I would prefer to stick with Bellsouth internet service, but I really need faster internet service. If I switch to another carrier will I still have to pay for my dial up thru Bellsouth. I have only had it two months.
- Steve, May 5, 2007 (name changed for privacy)
Steve, did you call Directv for a high speed internet service price quote? Most high speed internet services are somewhat of monopolies. For example, you can’t get Bellsouth DSL if your local phone carrier is Verizon. Oversimplified, the local telephone company owns DSL rights through the phone lines. Similarly, Directv or Hughesnet owns the satellite. This year DSL is opening up a bit as local phone providers are now “sharing” their DSL capabilities with others. Earthlink has been around the longest, and has always had to contract with the local cable and phone companies to share capabilities and fees.
To me, your internet service choices look something like this:
Dial up = any company with a local access number
DSL = Bellsouth or Earthlink
Cable = your local cable company
Satellite = DirecTV (Hughesnet)
“Price and Speed” are what you need to compare. “Wireless” should be thought of as an add on. If the company you chose doesn’t send you a wireless modem, then you can run to the store and buy a “wireless router” and plug it into the modem you received. That will cost you about $50.
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