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WANTED: Anything but Dial-up

April 4, 2011

12397 83rd Ave SW
Motely, MN 56466

This happens to be the home address of two locations:
1. The Erholtz family.
2. The official technology black hole.

$50 finder’s fee to connect me to reliable, useful, high-speed internet.
Here’s what I’ve tried:
1. ACS – no service
2. CTC – no service
3. Qwest – no service
4. Wild Blue – hundreds of feet into the air…no signal
5. Clear Choice – ditto
6. Charter – no service
7. Verizon Wireless
8. AT&T Wireless
Wireless: good idea, right?
It gets worse. Not only no Internet at Casa de Erholtz, but no cell phone coverage either.
You can occasionally call and text if you stand on a step stool near the kitchen window.

My last hope…

I struggle with the “value” of $109.99++/mo for:
1. download speed of 2Mbps
2. upload speed of 300Kbps
3. daily download max of 400 MB

Hughes Net reviews aren’t doing it any favors either.
My favorite comment: “A good choice if there is no other alternative.”
That’s quite a vote of confidence.

Somebody stop me.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jen Gruis permalink
    April 4, 2011 7:47 pm

    Hughes Net – Nooooooooo! Don’t do it- total waste of money. Too bad on the Verizon fail. I have a mifi and if placed where there’s service you have a 5-spot router. Use it at Lake of the Woods ALL the time and in the car while traveling.

    If you’ve got a little service I suggest a wireless network extender and mifi. I have the mifi and could even do a drive by for you to test it out. http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phone-and-smart/verizon-wireless-network-extender/4505-6448_7-33522854.html
    …trying the extender would be up to you.

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