High-Speed Internet in Melbourne, Iowa

by Mary Burgess

Melbourne is a small town in Iowa's Marshall County. Residents can get satellite, DSL or broadband high-speed Internet service. Satellite service provided by WildBlue and HughesNet each require professional installation of a mini-dish or antenna and a modem. Basic ISP delivers DSL service to your home through your phone line. CenturyLink delivers broadband service through a cable. Each provider offers more than one service plan. The plans differ in speeds, features and costs.


WildBlue (wildblue.com) provides high-speed satellite Internet service to Melbourne. Download speeds are from 512 Kbps to 1.5 Kbps, and upload speeds are from 128 Kbps to 256 Kbps. WildBlue high-speed satellite Internet service includes up to 10 email addresses, spam and virus filtering, anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, technical support and installation of a 28-inch by 26-inch mini-dish and a modem. Remote access dial-up is optional.

Basic ISP

Basic ISP (basicisp.net) provides high-speed DSL Internet service to some addresses in Melbourne through existing phone lines. Your local phone company has installed Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers in locations throughout Melbourne. Service availability depends on how close your address is to a DSLAM. Download connection speeds are from 1 Mbps to 7 Mbps -- up to 125 times faster than dial-up Internet service. Basic ISP high-speed DSL Internet service includes 5 email accounts, back-up dial-up service and technical support.


HughesNet (hughesnet.com) provides high-speed satellite Internet service to Melbourne with download connection speeds from 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps and upload connection speeds from 200 Kbps to 300 Kbps. HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service includes up to 5 email addresses, spam and virus filters and technical support. You have the option to lease or purchase the equipment, which has a 24-month limited warranty. A certified installer will install a satellite antenna and an HN9000 modem.


CenturyLink (centurylink.com) provides high-speed satellite Internet service to Melbourne through a direct broadband connection to a fiber optic network. Connection speeds are from 768 Kbps to 10 Mbps. A security suite, PC backup and protection, a digital music store and PC tuneups are optional. The security suite protects your computer from viruses. The PC backup plan backs up your files remotely and lets you access them from any computer. The PC protection plan helps you avoid computer breakdowns. A digital music store lets you listen to music at home or on the road. RescueIT helps you with computer issues such as PC tune-ups, setting up a new computer and troubleshooting.

About the Author

Mary Burgess has over 30 years experience as a writer. She wrote manuals and online help for software products and edited educational documents for online courses offered by a nonprofit organization. Burgess has a Bachelor of Science in Latin from the University of Memphis.

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