High-Speed Internet in Starke, Florida

by Josh Patrick

Starke is a sleepy north-central Florida town of just over 5,000 people. Nature preserves and recreational areas are some of the highlights of the community. Both residents and tourists have quite a few options for accessing high-speed Internet. Internet service providers in the region sell satellite, cable, DSL and wireless access. Some residents will naturally prefer one access method over another.

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Comcast

Comcast provides XFINITY Internet to residents of Starke at various speeds. The Performance plan offers speeds of 15 Mbps, while Blast! checks in at 20 Mbps. For the truly mega-user, the Extreme 105 plan boasts top speeds of 105 Mbps. All Comcast Internet plans include a free security suite, technical support and the sports network ESPN3. Because Comcast also sells cable television, subscribers can bundle these services together and receive discounts on both.

CenturyLink

CenturyLink provides Starke's residents with home phone service and high-speed DSL Internet. The most economical DSL package offers downloads at 768 Kbps. Subscribers can also order packages with speeds of 1.5, 3 and 10 Mbps. At 10 Mbps, streaming high-definition movies and playing online games are seamless experiences. DSL signals travel along a single dedicated line, meaning that network traffic is rarely, if ever, a concern. CenturyLink gives customers free technical support as well as the option to install their own equipment.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon offers mobile broadband access to residents of Starke and surrounding areas. Mobile broadband operates on the 3G and 4G cellular networks. Subscribers have several options for accessing the Internet via these networks. A wireless USB modem can plug in to a laptop or desktop. Smart phones can also function as modems. Tablet and netbook computers typically have built-in hardware for accessing cellular networks. New subscribers can sign up for plans based on data allotment. A basic plan allows 1 GB of downloads per month, while a premium plan offers up to 10 GB before incurring overage charges.

HughesNet Satellite Internet

HughesNet is a satellite Internet company serving the entire United States. Anyone in Starke, Florida, with a clear view of the southern sky can receive HughesNet service. Packages include the Basic, Power 150 and Power 200. The Basic package offers five free email accounts and download speeds of 1Mbps. Serious Internet users may need the higher performance of the Power 200 package, with downloads at a rate of 2 Mbps and 10 email accounts. Because all subscribers share a single network, HughesNet enforces daily download limitations. Exceeding these limits will result in a temporary reduction in download speed.

About the Author

Josh Patrick has several years of teaching and training experience, both in the academy and the private sector. He presented original work at the 20th Century Literature Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Patrick worked for three years on the editorial board for "Inscape," his alma mater's literary magazine. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science.

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