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Internet Connections in Rural Areas

A Guide to Internet Connections in Rural Areas

It is no secret that the internet has globally become a prime mode of communication in our everyday lives. According to the US Census Bureau, 78% of homes subscribe to the internet., but many rural areas receive slow internet speeds and lower-quality networks if any at all. The internet has become a commodity for homes, schools, offices, and companies. Providing high-speed internet in rural areas is critical for the overall development of the country.

If you live in a rural area or find yourself spending more time off the beaten path, this is your ultimate guide to improving the internet-

Why Do Rural Areas Receive Poor Internet Connections?

High-speed connections are necessary when everything is online. It’s a challenge for Internet Service Providers to bring service to many rural areas because they often lack required, and costly infrastructure. If you have wondered why rural areas do not get good-quality and reliable internet connections, here are some possible reasons-

  • The fiber broadband provided by most internet providers relies on the distance of your home from the nearest access point, typically a mundane looking box you’ll see next to the road at an intersection or near a utility pole. As you move further from one of those points, the fiber length increases. More fiber length = slower internet speeds.
  • If you’ve ever paid attention to the cord and plug on an electric dryer or range, you know that all power sources are not equal. While not the same, broadband internet service faces a similar challenge. The lines for many rural areas have never been upgraded to support new internet technology.  This is common when  demand for internet, or the overall population in a particular is low, and companies decide against investing in the required infrastructure when the potential return can’t cover the high cost of the investment.

How to Improve Internet Speed in Rural Areas?

You can choose various technologies depending on your convenience and requirements, like fixed wireless broadband, DSL, and fiber. Here are some ways you can improve the internet in rural areas-

#1- Other technology available: The technology that was originally meant to be used for cellular phones has seen significant advances in recent years, and at OTR we strive to bring you industry leading mobile data solutions. High speed connections using all of the available cellular networks might be the solution you need when the infrastructure simply isn’t there.

#2- Check your connections: You may receive slow-speed internet because of a problem with your wireless connection. Check it with an ethernet cable and solve the issue.

#3- Upgrade your router: You will also need to upgrade your router according to your plan. If you purchase a high-speed data plan, but your router cannot receive those signals, you will get slow internet.

#4- Reposition your router: Your router may be placed near the television or microwave, reducing internet reliability. Positioning it high and in the clear zone is the best way to receive good speeds.

About OTR Mobile-

At OTR Mobile, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We are here to make your life easier and keep you in contact, no matter where you are. We think that you should never have to compromise your internet capabilities, and we will make sure to help you find the best solution so you will never have to. We offer monthly subscriptions and a 15-day trial period, so you don’t have to lock yourself into a contract. Our products include the Titan range, freedom plans, evolution plans, boosters, accessories, and more. Visit our website or call us at 865.314.7433 for more information.

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