Quote: I don't need home phone.
Old information on DSL relating to service found online:
Serch term used "Where can I find Internet access...."
DSL, while growing in popularity, has some downsides
By Sandra Hume, BuyerZone.com Tips and News Editor
December 13, 2000
Ah, broadband. What a nice idea. Always-on, dedicated Internet access at some of the highest speeds available outside of a line leased directly from the phone company. And your costs are fixed; whether you use the Internet for only a few hours a day or you want to be constantly dialed in, you pay the same price every month.
But as convenient as it is, going broadband via digital subscriber line (DSL) - the fast-growing, top broadband choice for small businesses - isn't as easy as calling a provider and flicking a switch. In fact, many would-be customers have had to take routes other than DSL for their Internet access because the roadblocks faced were ultimately insurmountable.
The proliferation of DSL availability is an aftershock of two events: the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which ended the phone companies' monopoly of their networks and an FCC ruling late 1999 that specifically required phone companies to share their wires with DSL providers.
Using these existing telephone lines, DSL service providers let customers surf the Internet at speeds up to 50 times faster than a standard dial-up connection with a 56 Kbps modem. Including equipment and installation, the service can run you anywhere between $200 and $800 per month.
But if you're thinking about getting DSL, before investing any time or money into such an endeavor, keep in mind the troubles the service has faced.
Limited availability. As of now, the United States leads the charge in worldwide DSL access, and it's available in all 50 states. Providers, however, are not available for all areas, particularly non-metro regions.
A matter of distance. Even if providers exist in your area, you may not live close enough to a central office - a little less than three miles - to get service.
Incompatibility and wait times. There may be a provider in your area, and you may be close enough to the central office, but unless the technology of the central office, the DSL provider, and your own office are compatible, installing and using a line may be impossible.
Because of such complexities, most customers can currently expect to wait at least a couple of months to have a DSL line installed. Wait times have been reported to be as long as two years, even in areas where the service is available. And in some instances where service was promised, unexpected holes in the DSL-readiness of central offices have led to much scrambling - and many disappointed customers.
If it works for you, DSL can be one of the most cost-effective solutions for Internet access today. Satisfied users swear by it. But unless you do your homework, your journey into the land of DSL could lead you through a maze you'll wish you hadn't found.
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Thanks for your post and I hope that I can help. You want to rent a farm house which adds to your problem by way of distance from built up areas, you don't want home telephone service and you have no cable access in your area.
My question is; If you don't have a land line or current POTS telephone service to your home and no cable service then how could you connect to the Internet otherwise?
Other than a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot by way of cell phone (think limited cell tower reception and costs of the service) do you know any other way to get Internet service to your home paid for or not? As of 2004 I was a telecommunications worker and I know that data lines from the telephone company are limited in some areas for telephone use alone because of many customers whom are installing two or more phone lines for home, business or family members personal use. The phone company will split the line to make more lines availible which cuts the bandwith even lower on the one twisted pair line. If you do know another medium other than copper lines (twisted or coaxial) or over-the-air (OTA) satellite or cell phone service then sell that method and make millions or billions for that service.
I searched the Internet using ask.com and a program called Copernic and both results showed the same thing. Free service by NetZero is free, slow, banners, lag, limited time of use is what you get. Other than the methods of getting Internet to your home mentioned as well as the best method of service which is satellite in your case, for basic Internet service you do need a dial up modem with a telephone land line so that statement that you don't need it is mistaken. Sorry but that is the best answer that I can give.