High Speed Internet in Sandusky, Michigan

by Bridgette Redman

The challenge to Internet service in Sandusky, Michigan is that many areas in this region are rural and do not yet have cable access. Some areas don't have high-speed Internet access either, but several Internet service providers do provide Sandusky residents with a handful of high speed Internet plans from which to choose.

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Wild Blue

WildBlue offers high-speed satellite Internet service. For this service, WildBlue technicians install a 26-inch minidish and a modem. The minidish must be placed so that it faces the southern sky. The service includes virus protection software, 24/7 technical support and a warranty on the equipment. There is a one-time installation fee for the satellite dish and then customers are charged a monthly leasing fee. Telephone connections are not necessary. WildBlue does not support VoIP. The fastest download speed available is 1 Mbps.

Frontier Communications

Available in most Sandusky locations, though not the most rural areas, Frontier Communications offers high-speed Internet through a dedicated phone line wherever cable is available. Frontier technicians install the necessary equipment and provide 24/7 phone and online technical support. The service provides customers with personal web space and an Internet security suite. Frontier offers several different bundles offering up to 7 Mbps, with 1 Mbps being the least expensive package. Some bundles also include television services.

Comcast

Comcast Cable offers high-speed Internet service through cable connections. They provide a high-speed Internet with Powerboost that allows for speeds between 12 Mbps and 20 Mbps. Comcast provides its customers with security software at no additional charge, and a personal Internet portal that customers can use for email, web sites, blogs and digital photo albums. The cable connections do not reach some rural areas of Sandusky.

AT&T;

AT&T; offers high-speed Internet access through DSL lines. The surfing speeds are up to 6 Mbps, with less expensive packages offering download speeds of 3.0 and 1.5 Mbps. AT&T; also offers cable packages through their Uverse service, which provides up to 18 Mbps. Most packages require a one-year commitment and come with email services.

HughesNet

Similar to WildBlue, HughesNet is a satellite high-speed Internet service available in all areas of Sandusky, even where DSL is not. It does not use a telephone line and has download speeds from 1 Mbps to 3Mbps. HughesNet has two plans available in Sandusky -- basic purchase and a basic lease. Under both programs, HughesNet offers free installation. They also offer a 24/7 phone support and a 30-day money back guarantee.

About the Author

As a professional writer since 1985, Bridgette Redman's career has included journalism, educational writing, book authoring and training. She's worked for daily newspapers, an educational publisher, websites, nonprofit associations and individuals. She is the author of two blogs, reviews live theater and has a weekly column in the "Lansing State Journal." She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University.

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