Rural Internet Access Options in North Texas

by Jean Marie Bauhaus Google
Even consumers in the most isolated areas of North Texas can connect to the Internet.

Even consumers in the most isolated areas of North Texas can connect to the Internet.

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As spread out as communities are in the North Texas panhandle, you might expect that Internet service is difficult to access. Fortunately for North Texas residents seeking ways to get online, dial-up, DSL, satellite and mobile broadband Internet providers all operate in North Texas. With the exception of cable operators, Internet options for North Texas are as varied as many other regions in the nation.

Dial-up Internet

Dial-up Internet services such as AOL and Netzero are available wherever there is a landline telephone connection. Installation disks can usually be found at discount retailers such as Walmart or Target or at major electronics stores like Best Buy or Circuit City. Once you've obtained a disk, simply plug your computer's dial-up modem into a phone jack, install the software on your computer and follow the instructions for dialing into the network.

DSL Internet

Although high-speed DSL and cable Internet typically doesn't extend to small towns and rural areas, in 2006 AT&T; began rolling out DSL access to rural areas of North Texas. Simply call AT&T; at 1-800-288-2020 to determine whether DSL Internet is available in your location and to place an order for service. If you already have phone service with AT&T;, you'll have the option of bundling your phone and Internet for greater savings.

Satellite Internet

Satellite Internet providers such as HughesNet or WildBlue are good options if you live outside of the service area of DSL Internet. In 2006, AT&T; teamed up with WildBlue to offer an alternative high-speed Internet option to their customers in rural Texas. That said, you don't have to be an AT&T; customer to take advantage of either WildBlue's or HughsNet's nationwide coverage.

Mobile Broadband

Another option for Internet access in North Texas is mobile broadband Internet. Mobile broadband is accessed through mobile phone networks, and each provider's Internet coverage area is typically the same as its cell phone coverage. AT&T; and Verizon both offer extensive wireless 3G network coverage in North Texas.

About the Author

After more than a decade of devoting her people-helping skills to the confines of one company, one department, one office at a time, Jean Bauhaus has decided that it's finally time to remove the boundaries and expand her availability to the far reaches of the Internet. She has worked in the corporate world, in various support roles, since 1997, all the while honing her skills in web design, blogging and desktop publishing, and refining her craft as a writer of both non-fiction and prose. She has also decided that the time has come to parlay years of experience copy editing and proofreading papers, articles, short stories and novels for friends and colleagues into a workable profession, having recently completed formal copy editor training at Mediabistro. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Matt and their three pets. When she's not working for clients, she's usually working on her novel.

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