Satellite internet has been marketed as the savior to connect the world, specifically rural America. But is it really the best internet connection choice?
When it comes to speed satellite cannot touch a fiber line. Fiber allows for far greater download and upload speeds. Much like the difference between satellite tv compared to direct line access high definition tv. The distance brings down the quality. Fiber also has far less electromagnetic interference or radio frequency interference, and in most cases is not interfered with by weather like satellite.
Because of this, fiber optics are far more reliable with far less downtime. These minimal delays in communication make fiber more suitable for real-time communications, like video calls and streaming tv.
Start-up costs for satellite internet are usually high as well, with equipment needing to be purchased to receive the signal. Most fiber lines do not require more than a minimal installation fee and often offer a WiFi router for free or a minimal monthly fee.
So when you’re looking for an internet provider remember a fiberoptic connection allows for faster speeds, lower latency, and more reliability.