Dish's broadband satellite expansion won't solve the rural Internet problem

By Rebecca Greenfield

August 16, 2012

In an attempt to make the Internet more available to people in rural areas, Dish is working on expanding its Broadband Satellite services to the whole of America, a source told The Wall Street Journal's William Launder and Shalini Ramachandran, but the cost may still pose a barrier to entry for many. The satellite provider will expand this space Internet from select cities to everywhere, while also offering faster speeds from a newly launched satellite. That's great for about 20 percent of people living in our country's sparser areas, who say that they don't have broadband because of a lack of access, according to Speed Matters. But, for another 22 percent of those people, who haven't connected because of price concerns, Dish's service might not solve their lack of Internet. When it was announced at this year's Consumer Electronic's Show, Dish's Broadband Internet service started at $79.98 per month after a $99 installation fee.

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By Rebecca Greenfield

August 16, 2012

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