Ditch dial up for better internet service you can actually use. Like electricity, gas and water, the internet is essential to living life during a pandemic and beyond. Yet how are many rural and remote areas still underserved or not served at all? Fortunately internet access is quickly improving and leaving dial-up behind. Most rural areas can choose between DSL, satellite, fixed wireless and mobile wireless. All of these options are far superior to the speeds you’ve been getting with dial-up internet.
Here are the five best rural internet providers available now. Let’s dig in!
Internet Type: Satellite
HughesNet satellite internet, known for being America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet is the best high speed broadband choice for most residents of rural areas. We’ve rated HughesNet number one on our list because it’s available nationwide and meets the FCC’s requirements to be classified as broadband internet.
|HughesNet Internet Plans||Monthly Price||Download Speeds||Data Plans|
|10 GB||$59.99/Mo.||25 Mbps||10 GB|
|20 GB||$69.99/Mo.||25 Mbps||20 GB|
|30 GB||$99.99/Mo.||25 Mbps||30 GB|
|50 GB||$149.99/Mo.||25 Mbps||50 GB|
Internet Type: Mobile Wireless
If you can receive a cell phone signal, then you likely can get GotW3 4G Internet. There’s no need to stay on a dial-up connection when you have a better option. We’ve rated GotW3 second on our list because it’s an up and coming provider bringing better internet in underserved areas that had very limited to no internet options before.
|GotW3 Internet Plans||Monthly Price||Download Speeds||Data Plans|
|Urban Plan||$109.99||4G LTE||300 GB|
|Rural Plan||$109.99||4G LTE||300 GB|
Internet Type: DSL
CenturyLink known for their Price For Life plans and quickly growing fiber network is also a great choice for rural residents. Although fiber isn’t likely to be available in any rural areas, their DSL service is and that is still much superior than dial-up. We’ve rated CenturyLink third on our list because it’s available practically nationwide with better speeds than dial-up. In some less remote areas their speeds have been better than mobile wireless.
|CenturyLink Internet Plans||Monthly Price||Download Speeds||Data Plans|
|10 Mbps||$49/Mo.||Up 10 Mbps||1 TB|
|20 Mbps||$49/Mo.||Up 20 Mbps||1 TB|
|40 Mbps||$49/Mo.||Up 40 Mbps||1 TB|
4. Rise Broadband
Internet Type: Fixed Wireless
Rise Broadband is the nation’s largest fixed wireless service provider bringing broadband internet to rural areas. We’ve rated Rise Broadband fourth on our list because it’s not available everywhere. It’s currently available in 19 states with the greatest coverage in Colorado, Texas and Illinois. If you’re in a rural area and you can get Rise Broadband, it’s a solid choice for high speed internet.
|Rise Broadband Internet Plans||Monthly Price||Download Speeds||Data Plans|
|Rise Broadband 25||$29.95/Mo.||25 Mbps||25 GB|
|Rise Broadband 50||$39.95/Mo.||50 Mbps||50 GB|
|Rise Broadband 25 Double Data||$69.95/Mo.||25 Mbps||50 GB|
|Rise Broadband 50 Double Data||$79.95/Mo.||50 Mbps||100 GB|
|Rise Broadband 25 Unlimited Data||$39.95/Mo.||25 Mbps||Unlimited|
|Rise Broadband 50 Unlimited Data||$49.95/Mo.||50 Mbps||Unlimited|
5. Frontier Communications
Internet Type: DSL
Frontier Communications, known for their availability in many small communities and rural areas across the US is another good option for rural residents. Frontier Communications is fifth on our list because although it’s better than dial-up internet, in some of the most remote areas, their plans aren’t fast enough to be considered broadband internet.
If you’re leaning on going with Frontier, check what’s available at your address first. Frontier’s internet offerings vary wildly across the country, but you may be pleasantly surprised at what’s available.
|Frontier Internet Plans||Monthly Price||Download Speeds||Data Plans|
|Frontier Internet||$27.99/Mo.||6 Mbps||None|
|Preferred Internet||$34.99/Mo.||25 Mbps||None|
|Premium Internet||$44.99/Mo.||115 Mbps||None|