Dish TV & Internet Packages
In September 2012, DISH launched their own high speed Internet service. This new offering, called dishNET, provides a satellite Internet connection at speeds up to 15 Mbps. Also, you can save $10/month when you bundle DISH Internet packages with a qualifying DISH TV plan.
With the new plans from DISH, you get a lot of extras that you expect with a modern high speed Internet connection. Plan details include:
- One Bill - Internet charges will appear on your DISH television bill.
- Rural Access - Available in rural areas outside DSL / Cable Internet service.
- Email - Each plan comes with five email accounts.
- Protection - Anti-virus and anti-spyware free for the first 18 months.
- Support - Free 24/7 customer support included with all plans.
As a satellite-based service, DISH Internet packages are available is most regions of the U.S., including Hawaii and parts of Alaska. Also, with download speeds that surpass those of most rural DSL connections, dishNET is a superior choice over old copper-based landlines.
Connection Type: Satellite Internet
Download Speeds: Up To 10 Mbps
If you've ever used satellite Internet service before, then you know that it comes with some inherit downsides. There is latency, your bandwidth has monthly caps, and the weather can effect your connection. All satellite providers have these issues.
There are some specifics about signing up with DISH Internet that you should be aware of. First, the advertised top speeds of up to 15 Mbps are available in limited areas. Most customers will only have access to the 5 to 10 Mbps range.
Also, installation for dishNET costs $99 for stand-alone Internet customers. That fee is waived for new and existing DISH TV customers, which is another reason to bundle.
If you want to setup a home Wi-Fi network with DISH Internet service, you must buy a Wi-Fi router on your own. One is not provided by DISH.
Finally, with dishNET, you are looking at a long commitment when you sign up - 24 months - but that is a typical contract length for any satellite Internet service.
The bottom line is that if you are one of the many rural Americans who still doesn't have access to DSL or cable, then DISH provides a viable alternative for broadband. Customers of DISH TV are already aware of the excellent customer support that the company provides. You can expect the same great service and support when you sign up for DISH Internet service.