As of June 2011, residents of Tonopah, Arizona don't have access to Cox service or that of any other cable provider, according to Susan Bitter Smith, executive director of the Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association. Smith says that there are no cable providers licensed to service this area and noted that this was probably due to Tonopah's small size and geographic location.
Residents of Tonopah may not be able to get Cox's cable TV service but can always subscribe to satellite TV through Dish Network and DirecTV. You can select from packages that provide access to hundreds of channels and high-definition content. Dish Network's TV Everywhere mobile application is included as a part of its plans and allows you to access TV content on recommended smartphone and portable devices. DirecTV allows you to watch movies online at any time of the day or night and schedule digital video recordings with its mobile application. Both providers may require long-term contracts and a credit check to establish service.
Tonopah residents aren't able to subscribe to Cox high-speed cable Internet but can subscribe to satellite high-speed Internet through HughesNet or WildBlue, for example. Both providers offer multiple plans from which you may choose based on Internet usage patterns and budget. HughesNet and WildBlue require you to sign a 24-month agreement for service and to have a clear view of the southern sky. Depending on the provider and plan you select, you may be able to access download speeds of up to 2Mbps. Cox has plans with much higher speeds in many of the markets it serves. Satellite Internet can suffer from latency, which is a delay in processing Internet requests that require authentication, due to the distance data must travel. Still, it gives you some high-speed Internet access versus none at all.
Qwest, also known as CenturyLink, provides landline phone service to residents of Tonopah. This differs from Cox's digital phone offering in that calls are transmitted over landline wires versus over cable wires to ensure an always on connection even when your Internet goes down. Qwest has several plans with unlimited local, long distance and pay-as-you-go options. New customers must pay an activation fee to establish service. The company has plans with calling features such as caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling and call forwarding.
Before establishing services with a video, Internet or phone provider, ask what the terms of service are. Some providers offer 24/7 customer service while others don't. You may be able to bundle services through your Internet or satellite Internet provider and save money, so ask about any specials or packages that are available to you. In some instances, a representative or his supervisor may waive setup and installation fees if you ask. While not always a guarantee, it would work to your advantage if your request is granted.
- RuMBA; Satellite Internet Connection for Broadband; Stephen Cobb; 2011
- Susan Bitter Smith, Executive Director; Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association; Phoenix, Arizona
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