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How does fixed wireless service get to my home?

Fixed wireless broadband technology delivers the same high speeds and service of traditional broadband but is delivered wirelessly versus buried cables.

A small antenna is placed on your home that receives a direct signal from a wireless tower near by. Unlike technology used for cellular data, the wireless connection from your home “end point” and the tower allows for fast reliable service via a fixed wireless connection. This prevents the interrupted data experienced by cell phone users that often happen as signals bounce from one tower to another.

Service Availability is based on the closest available tower location. Fixed Wireless service is available to customers for miles in every direction with a clear line of site to the tower.

How is Fixed Wireless different than Satellite Internet?

Fixed Wireless high speed broadband provides an excellent alternative to satellite in rural areas where traditional broadband infrastructure is not available.

Satellite technology has a similar reach as fixed wireless but suffers from data lags called “latency” as the signals literally travel to space. Data usage caps are common and monthly costs tend to be much higher.

How is Fixed Wireless different than Cellular Hotspots or Mobile Broadband?

While "mobile broadband" sounds very similar to "wireless broadband" the technologies are very different. Fixed Wireless connections deliver a high speed signal (up to 50 Mbps in some areas) directly to your home via one connection, rather than by piggy backing off a number of cellular towers in the area.

To get the portability required in a cell phone, the mobile technology sacrifices reliability and signal strength. Service quality suffers as your data bounces from one tower to another and can get dropped the farther you are from the tower and during periods of bad weather such as rain and fog.

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