The question of the cost-effectiveness of satellite internet depends on the parameters of the service provided and balancing it against the needs of the customer. Comparison with other services providing identical content with equal limitations be problematic, as satellites – as many other types of internet services – have certain operating constraints, including:
- geographic location
- type and quality of services offered
- speed limitations
- bandwidth restrictions
- climate and weather considerations
- price structure
One of the primary reasons to consider satellite internet is a lack of other broadband services. This is especially true in remote or rural areas of the country. Further, the physical location of the receiving – or transmitter/receiver dish in the case of two-way satellite – at the installation site is critical.
There are two types of satellite service available to the public. One-way downlink service with uploaded data sent by traditional phone lines or two-way satellite where both the downlink and uplink are at the premises. The satellite internet price schedules for identical services from the two types can vary significantly and should be considered when determining cost-effectiveness.
Speed and bandwidth are the two major components of the satellite internet price. The faster the downlink speed, the more expensive the cost for the service becomes. Most satellite internet providers have several tiers of service, each with increased speed and increases in bandwidth as more money is spent on the service.
Satellite signals are hampered by heavy rain or snow. If you live in a heavy precipitation area, this is a consideration in value. VoIP – internet phone service – is generally impractical or impossible.
Satellite internet price varies by provider. Typical home service bundles cost as little as $40 and can run into the $200 per month range, depending on speed and bandwidth needed.