Shelby County satellite internet FAQ
How can I get internet service outside Memphis?
If you live outside Memphis, TN, you can get satellite internet from Viasat or HughesNet as long as you have a clear view of the southern sky from your place. Many cities in the outskirts of Memphis also have access to internet service from Xfinity or AT&T.
What’s the fastest satellite internet in Shelby County?
The fastest satellite internet in Shelby County is Viasat—which goes up to 100 Mbps in some parts of Western Tennessee. HughesNet offers satellite speeds up to 25 Mbps, which is still plenty fast for browsing and streaming YouTube or Netflix.
Which is the best satellite internet provider?
The best satellite internet provider in terms of speed is Viasat because it offers speeds up to four times faster than HughesNet. But HughesNet is less expensive and doesn’t have price hikes—you’ll just have to sign a two-year contract. Both providers give you steady service, although your speeds will be slowed if you reach your data allotment before the end of the month.
Can you get satellite internet anywhere in Shelby County?
Yes, you can get satellite internet in virtually all of Shelby County. Most of Shelby County is flat, which is good for satellite internet service. It’s hard to get good satellite service in the mountains and canyons. So, while that’s bad news for our friends in the Smoky Mountains, it’s good news for folks living in Western Tennessee.
Lakes and waterways don’t affect satellite service, but heavily wooded areas and stormy weather can interfere with the signal. People who live in a remote cabin in a heavily wooded part of the Shelby Forest might not get a good satellite internet signal without removing a few trees, but you can get a signal just about anywhere else.
How much does it cost for satellite internet?
It costs $40 to $200 per month to get satellite internet at your home, depending on your data plan and speed. Satellite internet companies track your data use and will slow your service if you go over your data threshold. If this happens to you, you can increase your data allotment each month, but this can get expensive.
If you can keep your data usage low (and you don’t use it for gaming or video streaming), you can probably get by with a smaller data package. But if you use your satellite internet for video streaming, gaming, and entertainment daily, you’ll end up needing a much more expensive plan with more data.
Is satellite internet as fast as cable internet?
No, satellite internet is not currently as fast as cable internet. Cable internet speeds go up to 940 Mbps, while the fastest satellite internet is only 100 Mbps (and 12–25 Mbps in most areas). When low-Earth orbit satellite companies like Starlink and OneWeb launch internet services in the next few years, satellite internet speeds are expected to be much closer to current cable speeds.
Is satellite internet a good option?
Satellite internet can be a good option for many people who live in rural areas, but it is more expensive than hardwired internet services like DSL, cable, and fiber internet. Satellite data is also metered, which is another disadvantage. But, if you don’t have other internet options available, satellite internet can keep you connected to family and friends living far away, e-learning courses, news, and more.