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High Speed Home Internet for Rural Areas! How Does it Work?

Half of the world's population doesn't have access to the internet. 

People without internet service are those typically living in developing countries or rural areas. Without a reliable connection, rural homes and businesses are getting left behind, even in Southwestern Ontario.

The internet is an integral part of our daily lives and a digital divide has started to form between those who have it and those who don't.

Developed countries like Canada, France, Germany, and the United States have the highest access rates in the world, but there's still a lot of work to be done.

Half of rural Canadians say they struggle to get the internet they need for daily life.

Are you trying to find home internet for rural areas? Keep reading below to find out what's available to you and how it all works.

We'll discuss why it's important to have rural internet options, how fixed wireless internet connections work, what issues people living in rural areas may encounter, and how to get your connection set up.

Reasons Why Rural Internet Is Needed

Today's modern world requires people and businesses to have a fast, reliable connection to the internet. Using the web is no longer an option.

The fact is less than 40% of rural Canadians with an internet connection have enough download speeds to stream a video.

By comparison, 97% of Canadians living in a city have access to that speed or higher on a daily basis.

Why does this matter? The internet isn't just chat rooms and silly videos. It's used for online banking, e-commerce, healthcare, education, and more.

Without a reliable connection, rural areas aren't getting access to important services.

Many rural residents depend on telehealth services. A doctor can diagnose their medical conditions without having to drive hours to make it to an office for an appointment.

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools and demonstrated how important it is for students to be able to access the internet. And during this period businesses have only been taking online orders.

One-third of Canada's economy is agricultural. People living in rural areas are increasingly dependent on the internet. New communications technologies help them conduct business.

The Canadian government has started an ambitious $6 billion plan to provide high-speed internet to the entire county by 2030.

Home Internet for Rural Areas Is Possible

So many rural Canadians are struggling to get service, but high-speed internet is available for them in certain areas.

Urban dwellers don't have to worry about their signal because cables deliver the internet directly to their homes.

But, this type of wiring isn't feasible when someone lives hundreds of miles away from a city. Or lives in a small town with only a handful of residents.

High-speed internet demand is increasing and more companies are setting up fixed wireless internet (or fixed wireless) to service new customers.

Fixed wireless uses towers to transmit the Internet signal as radio waves to country homes and businesses. Customers have to install an antenna—like a satellite dish— on their roof to receive the signal.

Many providers now offer unlimited internet as well, which could prevent you from paying overage fees each month if you use a lot of internet bandwidth. 

Canadians are now investing in fixed wireless towers to boost access. Some companies are mounting this technology on existing cell phone towers to maximize the benefits for all.

As mentioned above, satellite internet is also an option for rural communities. This type of signal is prone to lag, though, as data is sent over 35,000 kilometers into space. Rough weather can also affect it. 

Understanding Your Internet Speed

What is a good internet speed exactly? To understand this, you should look at both download/upload speeds.

Internet companies may advertise their higher download speeds but not point out how their upload speeds aren't cutting it.

Your internet speeds will determine what activities you can do online and how many devices you can use at the same time.

Also, consider what you'll be doing online. Are you taking online classes? Teleconferencing? Gaming? Or streaming movies?

You'll want to make sure you have a good speed to handle any of these online activities.

Experts recommend that homes with multiple users should have about 25 mbps or megabits per second.

Rural High-Speed Internet: Advantages & Disadvantages

But, what are the advantages and disadvantages of rural high-speed internet for you?

Fixed wireless internet services have high usage caps (100GB or more). In many cases, there is no cap. Customers also get download speeds as fast as broadband. 

Nothing is perfect, of course. Fixed wireless internet has been a savior for many communities, but there are disadvantages.

Severe weather can affect your signal strength.

In order for fixed wireless internet to be effective, there must be a clear line of sight between the base station and receiver. Anything blocking the signal—trees, bushes, houses, or hills—can weaken your connection.

The final disadvantage to consider is the price. Fixed wireless internet can be often more expensive than broadband.

Why? More people are using broadband and this brings the price down. And in cities, the infrastructure is already in place so nothing needs to be installed.

What Speeds Can I Get?

The speeds that you get will depend on how close you are to the base station and how clear a line of sight you have. Although faster speeds can be available, most customers choose 15 or 25 Mbs plans to handle their needs.

If multiple devices will be used at the same time, or if you use Wifi as the primary way to access Internet in your home, you may not get this speed on all devices.

For the best results we recommend connecting to the router using an Ethernet cable.

What Areas Are Covered By WaveDirect?

Our rural internet services are available throughout Essex County, Amherstburg and surrounding areas. In townships we offer fibre or cable high speed Internet depending on the address.

What Kind of Support Is There If Something Goes Wrong?

We have skilled technicians and tech support operatives available all day, every day. If anything goes wrong, you can get in touch with us and we'll get it sorted in no time.

Is WaveDirect Trusted By Amherstburg Residents?

We signed up our first customer in 2003 years ago and have grown dramatically since. Thousands of Essex County customers have trusted us to serve them, many of which have been with us for over 10 years.

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Ready to Solve Your Internet Issues?

Getting high-speed internet in rural areas like Essex County is not just possible, it's easy! You can even give it a try, for free.

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