Letter: Alternative option for those lacking access to broadband

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To the editor:

There have been letters to The Eagle recently about the lack of high-speed internet in Becket and other rural areas in the Berkshires.

Be aware that there are nonwired internet services that can supply the needed service where wired services Verizon, Spectrum, etc., are not yet available in particular areas. Nonwired internet services are available through satellite internet providers (e.g., HughesNet, ViaSat, etc.) that can provide high-speed internet (download speeds up to 25 Mbps), maybe not as good as a wired or fiber services, but good enough for the use of FaceTime, Zoom meetings and streaming movies, depending on the plan acquired. Pricing is comparable to wired internet services.

Satellite internet can be used until wired or fiber high-speed internet becomes available, so there is no isolation in rural areas during the COVID pandemic. At least there is an alternative.

Rick Bell,

Richmond

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