I got an Email from Verizon the other day saying my free speed update was complete so I decided to put it to the test. When I first came down here I got a 35/35 package. Since then I cut the cable and just have the Internet.
I spent 20 years in GOD's country before we had to sell the house when my wife got sick. I had really crummy internet options and paid through the nose. Now when I ended up in a city Hell I have great internet and entertainment for $69.99 a month, no contract as long as I use the same type router Verizon supports. Go figure.
You're right about being in "God's country". For many of the half dozen years, or more, that I first participated here I was on dial up. It was inexpensive, but by comparison it was slower than an arthritic snail,
I didn't move - I'm still living at the same semi-rural location - what changed is that civilization came to me - first in the form of DSL and now Cable.
I live in a rural area, as in 30 miles for a town with shopping, 70 miles for the closest Walmart. No cable or DSL here. Houses are miles apart. I had satellite for years (about 0.5 meg down, 7.5 gig monthly download cap, 2.3GB monthly upload, rolling cap (usage from 30 days before rolled off every day, it never reset to 0)). Verizon put up a cell tower about 11 miles away in about '12, so I switched to 20GB on Verizon for $70/month for a while (first 3G, then 4G after it upgraded). Then a regional cell carrier plus a cell signal booster got me a 2.5 meg average download home plan, with a generous 200GB cap for $50. I had that until this November. Then Verizon started offering a prepaid unlimited jetpack plan. It is not like the postpaid plans where you use X amount and get throttled (and the reps seem clueless about it, they act like they don't know, but you can order it online or ask for it by plan number). You are deprioritized all the time, but there are no caps at all, no thresholds (unlike postpaid). Also, video is capped at HD only (which is fine by me...). Since my tower is not congested (but not super high speed like those closer to big towns), I get 15 to 20 meg down, and about 7 up all the time. Plus, after activating in a jetpack, you can move the sim. I got one of the cheapest LTE routers I could get from ebay (which happened to be a Verizon Smarthub). It's always on, plus ethernet out. Not too bad I think. It's $65/month with autopay if the only line, $45 if it's the second line (first line can be a prepaid phone). I used a bit over 100GB last month and the month before.
Here's the latest plans from one of the satellite providers, in my zipcode. Add on the equipment lease fee too. These and Hughesnet are my choices for internet, no other national cell carriers at all in range of my area, except roaming.
I can feel your pain. When I as in Western Loudoun Co. they put up a new Verizon tower and I was able to get the Cantina system you have. It was the best thing we were ever able to get up there. It had it's down side, in that the month before we moved I got a $400.00 bill for downloading real estate pictures looking for a house to move to. I ditched their phone here. 1-Voip is light years ahead with no more robo software. I pay about $150.00 yearly for unlimited long distance US and Canada with 911 service. The plan is not listed but can be requested. I had the Washington D.C. area code blacklisted with a phone call because of all the Political Party calls. It's nice to have a quiet phone with nobody calling except those I want. Before that the best internet I had was Hughes Net when they were software driven. I was part of a test group. It was great until they switched to the routers and the service went into the toilet. There were several local wireless companies up on the mountain that were pretty good until trees grew up blocking line of sight. Now I live in a crappy city and have great internet. Go figure.