Rural Areas Have Internet Options, Too

No matter where you live, there is a reliable internet solution for you.

Rural Internet Options Available

Finding reliable internet is no walk in the park when you live in a rural area. Luckily, Dish has internet partners ready to connect you to the world beyond your field of dreams.

Frontier Internet

With Frontier internet, you can shop, surf and study with:

  • Unlimited data and no overage charges

  • Plans available in select rural areas

  • Wi-Fi router included

  • No Annual Commitment

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Viasat satellite internet is available nationwide, including for those without access to broadband internet.

  • Speeds up to 100 Mbps in select areas

  • 3-year price lock

  • Unlimited satellite internet data*

*After you use the standard amount of data for your plan, Viasat may prioritize your data behind other customers during network congestion.

Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. Internet not provided by DISH and billed separately

Satellite Internet Comes to You

While broadband infrastructure continues to expand, it still hasn’t met the demands of all rural areas. That’s why satellite internet is often the easiest way to connect to the online world in rural locations. Satellites use signals from space, placing high-speed internet in your home, so you’re able to check emails, stream movies, and video chat with your friends and family from all over the world. No matter how close or far away from a big city you live, satellite internet is sure to give you the reliable internet you’ve been looking for.

Other Internet Options for Rural Areas

Maybe satellites and broadband aren’t your cups of iced tea. There are other options out there for your rural home to get the internet it needs.


Dial-up uses existing telephone lines, making it the most affordable but not the most reliable internet provider.

  • Available almost everywhere

  • Speeds less than 1 Mbps

  • Interrupts landline phone usage while active


Also using existing phone lines, DSL internet is a little faster than dial-up but still lags in reliability.

  • Can use landline and internet at the same time

  • Speeds fluctuate due to call volume

  • Only available in some rural areas


WISP uses centrally located towers to broadcast a wireless internet signal, but weather can affect your connection.

  • Faster than dial-up or DSL

  • Requires large equipment and clear line of sight to the tower

  • Not always available in rural areas

Cellular Broadband

With cell towers virtually everywhere, cellular broadband internet benefits from its accessibility, but it can be expensive.

  • High speeds and reliability

  • Often more expensive per GB of data

  • Connected devices can experience poor battery life