WildBlue High-Speed Internet in Paris, Tennessee

by Lesley Henton
WildBlue transmits Internet data to its customers from satellites in space.

WildBlue transmits Internet data to its customers from satellites in space.

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Unlike cable and DSL, satellite Internet from WildBlue is available in every corner of Paris, Tennessee. If you're new to the area or looking to switch providers, consider what WildBlue has to offer.

Definition

No matter where you live in Paris, Tennessee, WildBlue can connect you to the Internet using one of its two satellites. These satellites orbit the Earth receiving Internet data from the company and sending it through space to a satellite dish installed at your home or office. Satellite Internet is often used by residents of rural areas, where other types of connections are unavailable.

Speed

Satellite Internet offers a high-speed connection, so it's faster than dial-up, but slower than other high-speed connections like cable and DSL. WildBlue offers packages with download speeds ranging from 512 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps. Speeds can vary based on time of day and the number of WildBlue customers online at the same time as you.

Equipment and Installation

Most of today's computers can accommodate a WildBlue connection; a company telephone representative can help you ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements. Once you sign up for service, WildBlue will ship a 26-inch satellite dish and a modem to you. On a scheduled date, a WildBlue technician will come to install the equipment. He'll attach the dish to your roof or another exterior area that has an unobstructed view of the Southern sky. Next, he'll run a cable from the dish, through a wall or floor into your house and connect it to the modem. He'll connect the modem to your computer and run a test to make sure the connection works. Installation usually takes two to three hours.

Warnings

Inclement weather can slow or disconnect satellite connections, but according to WildBlue, only the most severe weather conditions will cause interruption and your connection will resume once the bad weather passes. Because the data needs to travel up to space and back, there is a slight delay, known as latency. For most online activity such as viewing websites and downloading songs, you won't notice the delay. Latency will noticeably affect some applications, however, such as Internet phone service and real-time interactive gaming.

About the Author

Lesley Henton has a journalism degree and over 20 years of writing experience. She belongs to the Golden Key and Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Societies. She's been published in regional magazines like "Brazos Family" and "In the Zone." Henton co-edited and wrote in the books "Discovering Greater Phoenix" and "Los Angeles: Place of Possibilities."

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