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John, I surely did learn a few things when I talked to Earthlink. It isn''t quite as fast as you claim, but it''s a step up from the ''sat down/phone up'' system they were using. As Earthlink''s web site states: "The service costs $69.95 per month for downstream speeds of up to 400 Kbps and upstream speeds of up to 128 Kbps." That ''up to'' is one catch, as they apparently can''t assure that speed using the burst technology they have in place. The fellow I talked with also wasn''t real encouraging about unbolting/reinstalling the antenna "unless you really know what you''re doing", whatever that means. As boaters, we tend to end up knowing a lot about the things we don''t know about.
If anyone else is following this thread, the answers to the questions I posed are: $649 for the xmit/receive dish; $259 for the install; $399 early termination fee (contract req''d for 1 year); and they''re running a sale right now ($300 off the whole enchilada).
However, since this is a forum on using a boat, I''ll again point out this isn''t for anyone who''s hoping to cruise the Caribbean. It''s strictly a ''bolt it to the piling'' system. Within our context (boating), that usually means a marina. And many marinas now offer cable or DSL service via the local vendors for less money (and faster data rates going ''up'' the pipeline).
Clearly, Earthlink''s business plan is to be the ''broadband provider for everyone'' and, where DSL or cable broadband is not available, they can offer satellite service. The question is how long will it take for the cable and telecomm companies to reach 90% of the same population with the same service...still at a lower cost.