The New Deal brought electricity to rural America. During this time, the vast infrastructure of electrical transmission lines and power plants were established, putting hundreds of thousands of citizens to work. While this infrastructure has been maintained and added to over the decades since, there are still some problems with communication. Few people have “party lines” any more, and with cell phone technology, many long distance calls are free. But, quite often, calls are dropped. Internet can be frustratingly slow or completely non-existent. This is where satellite communications may make a real difference.
Satellites bounce information to all areas of the Earth. This small collection of satellites form a net that can cover just about every inch of the surface, with each individual satellite covering a far larger area than the most extensive ground-based infrastructure.
One of the biggest problems with terrestrial infrastructures is that they are affected by the varied topographies and weather patterns on the ground. In addition, the transmission lines can become very congested, slowing down access, dropping calls, and producing degraded service. Quite often, the infrastructures require large buffers that clean up voice quality and other transmissions. The QoS is uncertain and undependable. On the other hand, satellite has a steady QoS, providing a predictable service.
Your communications is only as dependable as the ground lines and infrastructures that support them. In many cases, you’ll find that you can’t get the internet access you need simply because of the cost of running fiberoptics or of building microwave transmitters. In some cases, the support systems for these services are out of date. However, with satellite, you can get direct signals that are crisp and clean, as well as being instant. Distance doesn’t affect your service or signal, opening up many opportunities in your communications.
Bandwidth can be seriously inhibited with ground-based systems. However, with satellite, there is sufficient bandwidth to handle peak use times. This is a totally wireless system that does not depend on the transmission wires associated with more traditional forms of communication. This makes satellite one of the most diverse and adaptable forms of communication in the industry. Not only can satellite be used to transmit your internet and telephone, satellite can also be used to receive digital and analogue broadcast depending on the provider. The increased bandwidth means that with the right satellite receiver you could easily have a 1080p television signal plus a 7.1 DTS HD sound.
Improved Long Distance Service
The terrestrial lines often are not sufficient to handle the demand of more remote or rural locations. You’ll find that the “last mile” shortcomings of ground-based networks place you at the mercy of local services that may or may not be able to keep up with local demand. However, satellite can provide multipoint accessibility. It is perfect for residential or business applications, especially those small businesses that don’t usually attract communications providers from the traditional cable, internet, and phone companies.
Satellite communications may, in some cases, be more expensive than regular cable service in the city. However, most people looking into satellite will find themselves unable to pay the exorbitant costs of having private fiberoptic lines run for their home or small business. Satellite, in these cases, is certainly much more affordable.