Exploring Internet Access Options: What Works Best?

In summary, the speaker is seeking better options for internet access as their current options (dial-up, satellite, and Verizon mifi) have limitations and poor quality. They live in an area where laying cables is not feasible and a T1 line is too expensive. Suggestions for better options include DSL, splitting the cost of unlimited internet with a neighbor, or checking for other wireless services.
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I was just wondering what my options are for internet access.

Things I've tried:
Dial-up (unlimited monthly data WOOHOO! but at the max speed of 56kb/s it's only 14MB...)
Satellite (sucked tremendously, 200MB daily download limit)
Verizon mifi (currently using, still pretty bad, 5GB download limit)

My house is close to town but on a hill, so the companies don't want to lay cables. As far as I know the only other option is a T1 line (the line to my house already exists), but that costs upwards of $450 a month.

Anything ideas for better internet?
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fss said:

Nope. When the company installed the lines they used something to boost the voice quality, but that something also prevents dsl.
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The route a military base uses for it's cables goes right alongside the border of my property.
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ƒ(x) said:
Dial-up (unlimited monthly data WOOHOO! but at the max speed of 56kb/s it's only 14MB...)

5000 Bytes/Second*3600 Seconds/Hour*24 Hours/Day*30+ Days/Month=13 gigabytes.
A second phone line is often inexpensive and you get 26 gigabytes.

Or find a friendly person in town who is line of sight from you, you split the cost of unlimited internet access, you put a high gain wifi antenna at each end carefully aimed at each other and see if it works. Some people get surprising distances with fairly simple equipment.
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Cable internet?

If you punch in your zip code at DSL Reports, you can get a list of providers in your area. Then hop on over to the forums and figure out what service / saturation is like in your area with the particular providers.
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Verizon mifi is your best option until dsl or cable becomes available. It might be worth checking to see if any other wireless services are available. Dialup is just too slow.

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