Dedicated to delivering reasonably-priced, low latency, high bandwidth connectivity to empower rural communities.

frequently.asked.questions

Q. Where can I find the "broadband stimulus" legislation?

A. We have reproduced the relevant TITLE VI—BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM right here . If you want the entire legislation, all 407 pages of it, you can get it online as a .pdf here.

Q. You seem very down on satellite Internet service. Does Agrilan have some kind of a beef with HughesNet?

A. We certainly don't blame HughesNet for the fact that satellite Internet service cannot achieve the low levels of latency required for things like VoIP, VPN, and efficient encrypted handshakes. However, we do think satellite Internet service providers are guilty of "over-selling" their services. Their TV ads make a big deal about how satellite is so much faster than dial-up (the latter being the only form of Internet connectivity available to many rural families and businesses).

Yet satellite latency can be worse than dialup and satellite bandwidth caps make it impossible to compare satellite with cable, DSL, fiber, or even WiFi. Based on our research and the opinions expressed in public forums like this. advertisements for satellite service should carry clear warnings along these lines: "Overall performance is not comparable to cable or DSL."

Q. What's wrong with 3G? Surely it could give everyone broadband?

A. While 3G is impressive technology, it has several limitations that impact rural broadband users. For a start, 3G is relatively expensive and most offerings have bandwidth caps. Rural America needs what most of urban America already has: broadband service that provides up to 250GB per month of service for less than $50 per month and is capable of VoIP and VPN. Right now, 3G does not offer that. Furthermore, while land line phone service is available to every farm in America, cell phone service is not. Some areas simply don't have towers that reach everywhere, particularly in hilly terrain. Putting 3G on every existing cell tower would still not provide complete coverage. Ironically, many rural areas that have no wired broadband service are crisscrossed by fiber optic cables that connect major metropolitan areas.

Q. Where is Agrilan based?

A. Our main office is Otsego County, New York, home of Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, we are accustomed to telecommuting and "virtual officing" so can work with people from all over America and indeed, the rest of the world.

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