Satellite internet is a great choice for people who live in rural areas and primarily use their internet at home. Since it doesn’t rely on cables or other infrastructure, it’s available basically anywhere. You can also use it for a cabin, boat, or RV. Plus, even though it’s slower than most landline internet connections, the speeds are still respectable. You can even get up to 100 Mbps in some areas (but satellite internet will cost you).
The downside to satellite internet is the low data caps—you’ll hit it pretty fast if you stream a lot. And once you hit your data cap, your internet is slowed to nearly unusable speeds. That said, it’s still the best option if you want a long-term connection for a primary residence or vacation spot.
Hotspots are another internet option that are available wherever you get a cell signal. You can create one using your current cell service and phone or you can pay for a device that functions purely as a hotspot, like a Verizon Jetpack.
Either way, you’ll need to pay attention to the data limit. Most plans offer a monthly data limit and then deprioritize your connection (slow it down) after you hit it, requiring you to pay for additional hotspot data. Hotspots are best for short-term, portable internet usage—using it more than that is likely not worth the cost.