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I "upgraded" from broadband to satellite about six weeks ago; it sucks.
I had broadband through a radio link to a tower in town (about 4 miles away) and I was dissatisfied because of slow downs when the server got busy.
I signed up with Dish Network satellite internet service from Wild Blue; it sucks.
After a rain, it takes two or three hours for the link to recover. I think it's because the dish stays wet. I've looked outside and see clear skies to the south and I still have no connection.
The worst problem, however, is caused by the inherent round trip delay from my modem through the satellite to the server on the ground; it sucks.
Downloading a file is no problem. Downloading some web pages takes forever (three or four minutes for some pages).
FGRV has no problems, thanks to Mr Sanders, but many sites are so slow it seems to take forever. The worst I've found is my on-line bank. After entering my login, it takes over two minutes for it to load the accounts summary page. Then when I click on Bill Pay, I sit for well over three minutes waiting for it to load the bill payment page.
Many web sites are designed such that each separate element requires a new connection to load. I can watch the bottom of my screen and see "connecting...," "waiting...," "loading...," over and over again for three or four minutes while each element of the page loads. I realize this is poor web site design, but it's a fact of life for many if not most web sites.
Mike, why don't you contract to redesign NetBank's web site?
The really stupid part of all this is that I signed up for 18 months of "service." It sucks.
If you're on a ranch in Nebraska and thirty miles from town, satellite internet may be just the ticket for you. If you have [b]any other option give it a bye.
Did I mention, "it sucks?"