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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 1:46 AM

How to find the best possible internet solution for WFH? Area code 65742, rural-ish MO.

Trying to help my parents find a faster option than their current AT&T Internet25 plan which is fine if only one or the other of them are at home.  But most often they are both working at home at same time, both needing to do high email volume, MS Teams calls, and VOIP phone calls.  Our family of 4 is on a group wireless plan which has the "business unlimited plus with private wifi multi line" so their hotspots through that plan provide a good backstop, but they consistently hit their max high speed data before the billing cycle is over.

For the sake of simplicity even if it isn't the most cost-effective method, is there any option through AT&T wireless and/or internet to bring it up to 100MB?

And if my parents are maxed out on AT&T offerings, then basically is this what people talk about when they say we need to invest in rural broadband?

Going further down this rabbit hole....

I spoke to an ISP local to 65742 area who does business hookups and they said even if they were willing to do a hookup to a house, the smallest plan they could do would be like $500/mo.

The only other options that I can find for the 65742 area are satellite things like SuddenLink and EarthLink and I can't even tell if those are real or not.

my thoughts

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ISP options will be limited by service in area...

There are (2) telco providers (ATT / CenturyLink)

(2) cable providers (Mediacom / Suddenlink)

(2) satellite providers (HughesNet / ViaSat)

and (5) FIXED WIRELESS providers for zip code 65742

https://broadbandnow.com/Missouri/Rogersville?zip=65742

If not willing to relocate to better options then must choose one or more of the available providers.

Internet 25 meets the government requirements to be called broadband... 

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of broadband in response to growing Internet demands. ... The current definition, 25 Mbps download speed/3 Mbps upload speed, was set by the Federal Communications Commission, led by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in 2015.

This of course was established before COVID-19 with virtual learning and adults forced to work from home. Thus an entertainment set goal. 

The American Federal Definition of Broadband Is Both ...

www.eff.org › deeplinks › 2020/07 › american-federal-...
Jul 17, 2020 — The metric they set forms the basis of determining whether the government can say that a household has access to broadband Internet. Today, that metric is 25 megabits per second download (25 Mbps) and three megabits per second (3 Mbps) upload.
from Broadband.com site, note that internet 25 is faster than the average speed in your zip code. Also note that high number of fixed wireless options is generally sign of rural or semi-rural area with lower population density. There are addresses with faster ATT speeds, just not yours. In fact 2% of addresses can order internet 1000.
The average download speed in Rogersville is 16.65 Mbps. This is 78.4% slower than the average in Missouri and 431.1% slower than the national average.
  • There are 16 internet providers in Rogersville with 11 of those offering residential service.
  • Rogersville is the 85th most connected city in Missouri ahead of Sparta and Fordland, but behind StraffordOzark, and Springfield.
  • There are 260 internet providers in all of Missouri.
  • 29% of Rogersville residents are still severely limited in wired broadband choices.
  • The average internet download speed in Missouri is 77.07 mbps.
  • 82.6% of Missourians have access to 100mbps or faster broadband.
  • 100% of residents in Webster County have access to fixed wireless internet service.
  • Approximately 71% of Rogersville residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

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