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    #41
    Originally posted by mvp View Post

    IMO, you have to know to ask the question. After that, I think you ask the seller who provides their internet service, then get with that company to see what speeds they are delivering. I consider internet a new element of "due diligence" that you need to do, and/or a feature of the property that is more or lessed fixed and should be disclosed.
    in fact, if you retain a lawyer to do the paperwork, quite often questions around internet capacity form part of the DD questionnaire that they send out to the seller (at least this was our experience around 8 motnhs ago when we were buying a bungalow)

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      #42
      Originally posted by Bicoastal View Post

      Just want to update Hungarian Hippo after a month of heavy use, the website you recommended is amazing and a huge sanity saver and stress reliever! It is bookmarked and more or less always in an open tab as I research home listings. Thank you so much!
      Make sure to double check with any providers. It says I can get cable internet with chapter communications/ Spectrum, but it isn't available for my address.

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        #43
        Originally posted by HungarianHippo View Post

        Look at FCC's website, they have a feature where you can type in the specific address and it will tell you the list of providers for that address, as well as upload & download speed for each:
        https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/#/

        I don't know how to tell whether the data speed #s are simply what's being advertised, or actual conditions (probably the former)
        I tried my address and it listed 2 cable providers. Unless they laid cable when they put the natural gas line through, umm no. It listed AT&T as providing ADSL. Anyone know what the A stands for? They told me my internet was whatever replaced DSL. It's fast enough for streaming TV and surfing, so works for me. More expensive than I'd like though.
        That's fine, many of us have slid down this slippery slope and became very happy (and broke) doing it. We may not have a retirement, but we have memories ...

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          #44
          That FCC site is not accurate for my address either - and in particular it does not show the three local providers that serve my area, including the one that I have. It looks like it is mapped per census tract which is not sufficiently accurate.

          Sigh.

          I have a fixed wireless (microwave) solution that is through a local provider. It is fairly reliable and our particular connection (we have a business level) is good enough to just barely do streaming with a few interruptions. We can get two video feeds through it most of the time. Look for these local providers and ask around to see if people are happy with them - if so they will usually be a better deal than the cellular providers, which would be my second choice. A wired solution would always be ideal if possible, and I would at this time not recommend a satellite only connection unless you really really really love the location and are willing to make it work. The fixed wireless like I have has no data cap, only a speed cap.

          The A in ADSL is asymmetric. It means that your upload speed is slower than download, which is fine for most individual users (ie, you're not hosting a server).
          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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            #45
            Originally posted by mvp View Post

            IMO, you have to know to ask the question. After that, I think you ask the seller who provides their internet service, then get with that company to see what speeds they are delivering. I consider internet a new element of "due diligence" that you need to do, and/or a feature of the property that is more or lessed fixed and should be disclosed.
            This yes. Ask the seller (not the selling real estate agent) and then confirm with the provider.
            Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gilliespie Magee, Jr

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              #46
              Originally posted by Bicoastal View Post

              Just want to update Hungarian Hippo after a month of heavy use, the website you recommended is amazing and a huge sanity saver and stress reliever! It is bookmarked and more or less always in an open tab as I research home listings. Thank you so much!
              That site is not accurate for an address I 100% know is not currently servicable with the provider claimed.

              So take what you see there with a grain of salt and definitely confirm with the ISP before making any decisions regarding property.

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                #47
                Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                That site is not accurate for an address I 100% know is not currently servicable with the provider claimed.
                Yikes! Thank you to those who checked addresses and provided their feedback. I will use it as a starting point and research further if the property warrants it. Really slow market right now, as far as houses coming onto the market.

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                  #48
                  Same here. My address says that Comcast cable and Verizon DSL are both available, but neither one is. They are both probably within a mile or so, but definitely not on my gravel road. It does show my fixed wireless provider, which I have to say I am super happy with. I've had them almost a year, after switching from satellite. It's faster and cheaper, and has unlimited data amounts. About a week ago we had a pretty severe storm and it went out. I figured "oh well, I'll just wait" but the next day THEY CALLED ME to tell me it was out because the transmitter was struck by lightning and they were going to switch it to a second transmitter on that site until they could get a pole climber out to fix it. Then, they called me again later to tell me my antenna did not come back online so they had to come to my house to do something to it (which took about 5 minutes). I was amazed at the level of customer service that they actually called me to tell me there was a problem, instead of me having to call them, wait on hold, go through computerized menus, etc. I'm paying $45/month for the slower of the two speeds available, and it's faster than anything I've ever had before. I can actually watch video now, and no longer hit data limits like with satellite.

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                    #49
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                      #50
                      Originally posted by Mango20 View Post
                      It does show my fixed wireless provider, which I have to say I am super happy with. I've had them almost a year, after switching from satellite. It's faster and cheaper, and has unlimited data amounts.
                      I'm paying way too much and getting way too little with Dish, so am curious about this. Is this the very tall antennas with a tiny little receiver at the top that I see occasionally? I keep meaning to ask about them, but those antenna towers require quite a few downguides, which I am really not interested in having scattered around the yard.

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                        #51
                        Originally posted by PamnReba View Post

                        I'm paying way too much and getting way too little with Dish, so am curious about this. Is this the very tall antennas with a tiny little receiver at the top that I see occasionally? I keep meaning to ask about them, but those antenna towers require quite a few downguides, which I am really not interested in having scattered around the yard.
                        I’ve had two different styles. ATT fixed wireless mounted a small antenna on the roof and it was barely visible. Our local provider put it on our existing TV antenna which was quite tall but did not have support wires.

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                          #52
                          Originally posted by PamnReba View Post

                          I'm paying way too much and getting way too little with Dish, so am curious about this. Is this the very tall antennas with a tiny little receiver at the top that I see occasionally? I keep meaning to ask about them, but those antenna towers require quite a few downguides, which I am really not interested in having scattered around the yard.
                          The actual receiver is pretty small - maybe 5" x 12". If they can mount it on your house, that's all it needs. It doesn't necessarily need to be tall, but it does need to have a clear view of whatever tower is transmitting the signal. In my case, it's coming from something mounted on a nearby cell tower. I can't see the tower from my house because of a line of trees, but I can see it very clearly from my backyard fence, 75 feet from the house. They mounted it on a small pipe connected to my fence with a pipe clamp. There was corn planted in the field behind my yard last year, so they extended the pole to about 10' high to make sure to clear the corn at its highest (they also left extra cable in case it needed to be raised higher). If that field never had corn in it, they could have put the receiver right on my fence, I think.

                          I would definitely recommend looking into fixed wireless as an option. The main drawback is that it requires an actual line of sight to the transmission point. The provider should have it mapped and can tell you if they can help you. In my case, I called to see if it was on a grain elevator that I can see the top of from one upstairs window. They said no, it was on the cell tower, and started looking at their software to find a location to see it from halfway down my driveway. I told the person on the phone I could see it extremely clearly from my back fence, which is closer and a better view. They sent guys out to measure the signal, and only after that did I have to make the decision to sign on with them. I've had it exactly one year now, and have been very happy with it.

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