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Broadband for Rural Regions

Broadband internet access for rural regions.

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This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Not every entrepreneur has the luxury of tapping into a DSL, cable or T1 line. There are still places far enough away from the main grid to make getting broadband internet access a real issue. But growing businesses in rural regions aren't doomed to dial-up--they can look to satellite as a broadband option.

Here's an example: WildBlue's satellite broadband service starts at about $50 per month, with initial equipment costs at about $300 and basic installation at $180. WildBlue offers download speeds of up to 1.5Mbps and works through a modem and minidish setup. It's available just about anywhere in the U.S.--check the company's website to find a dealer and special offers in your area.

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