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.
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.
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 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; 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.
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.
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