Internet in Rural America


The United States has some of the most advanced internet infrastructure compared to most of the world. However, rural America is underserved when compared to urban parts of the country. This is because it is more difficult to provide high-speed internet to low population areas. The higher the population of an area, the easier it is to build to that area because there is less financial strain on an ISP to do so.


There are a few challenges that can make it difficult to bring high-speed internet to rural areas. Factors like terrain, distance, and finances all play a role. The most reliable high-speed internet is provided via fiber optic cable. If a company runs fiber to an area with 100 potential customers, it will be more cost effective than running fiber to an area with 20 potential customers. Building out fiber projects costs a lot of money so rate of return and customer density affects price and decisions as to where to run fiber.


The average internet speed in the rural United States is about 40 Mbps. At least 100 Mbps is what we recommend for everyday internet use. Thankfully at PTCI, our internet packages range from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. PTCI is blessed to be in a position to offer extremely fast high-speed internet to our customers while keeping cost low in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.


Strategic planning, great local business partners, and our community all make this possible. PTCI believes that you should have access to an amazing internet experience, no matter where you live. Our communities are made up of students, professionals, and entrepreneurs who need a great internet connection just as much as people who live in large urban areas. We will strive to continue to give our communities access to fast, reliable internet.