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Windows 7: FCC Moves To Fund Rural Broadband

31 Oct 2011   #11

Windows 7 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
The trouble is GARoss, North America is such a huge land mass that the cost of hooking up remote rural areas is astronomic.

I think the future in these cases must rest with satellite technology rather than land lines.
Agree! I'll put it this way; if I were them, I'd be reluctant to bare the cost of the needed infrastructure for so few customers, too.

You're probably right with satellite technology. Currently there's Hughsnet & others but they cap residential speeds at about 3mbs, about half of what's needed for streaming video. We have wireless service which is similar to Hughsnet speeds but less $$$. You must have an unobstructed line (no trees or hills) to their tower to get it.

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31 Oct 2011   #12

Windows 10 Pro

Hopefully this will bring some enlightenment to a lot of folks who have been living in the dark ages.
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31 Oct 2011   #13
Big Tom

Windows 7 Professional x64

i think thats a good move by the FCC, now i can move back out to "the sticks"
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01 Nov 2011   #14

windows 7 Pro 64Bit

It would make sense if they would use the old tv broadcast air space to transmit wifi.
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01 Nov 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nitroman84 View Post
It would make sense if they would use the old tv broadcast air space to transmit wifi.
Most of it was taken by the Cell Phone Industry.
Old television frequencies to speed cell data |
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01 Nov 2011   #16

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

We live in the very remote north west corner of Great Britain yet I still manage to get nearly an 8meg broadband connection, which is the maximum for our exchange. A couple of miles down the road, however, my neighbours struggle to get 1 or 2.

I was talking with someone from BT a few months back who told me BT was rolling-out 20meg B/b to our exchange by the end of next year. Fingers crossed here.
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10 Nov 2011   #17
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

You're lucky, our exchange is supposed to be up to 8 down the South West of the country but I mainly only get about 2 to 3 mb. You'd think as we're surrounded by the MoD, training camps etc: they'd want BT to pull their finger out and get decent speeds going. I don't know whether it's being the coast that makes it harder but I wish they'd hurry up.
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