When internet service was first introduced, most people got it through their landline phone lines. Remember the dial-up service of the early 1990s—the computerized blips and beeps and static noises you heard as the computer took over your phone line and connected to the internet?
Back then, you needed a phone line to get internet. And later, when cable companies repurposed their networks to deliver internet services to city dwellers, many rural internet customers still needed a home phone number because they couldn’t get cable internet.
But modern DSL (which is the type of internet that runs through copper phone lines) doesn’t require an active home phone service anymore. Plus, DSL isn’t your only option—there are several internet options available to rural Americans. Let’s take a look at some of the types of internet you can get in the country.