Compare the Competition - Plainsnet - High-Speed Broadband Internet for Hughes and Garvin Counties in Rural Oklahoma

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So you want to know how we stack up? Read on! If you don't understand something, some terms are defined after the comparison chart.

 

RURAL INTERNET

DIAL-UP

SATELLITE

MOBILE BROADBAND

PLAINSNET

SPEED

Up to 56 kbps, but often less than that.

512 kbps to 4 Mbps.

Problematic to determine in rural Oklahoma.

600 kbps to over 2 Mbps (actual achieved speed).

PRICE

$5/mo - $14.95/mo.

$49.99/mo to $109.99/mo; may need to purchase equipment (cost may vary).

$30/mo to $80/mo.

$29/mo to $79/mo; $193.90 to install.

DOWNLOAD LIMITS

Technically unlimited, but limited by slow speed.

250MB to 450MB per day, or 7.5GB to 17GB per month.

250MB to 10GB per month.

No bandwidth cap.*

CONTRACT LENGTH

No contract

24 months.

Depends on provider.

12 months.**

AVAILABILITY

Everywhere there are well-maintained phone lines.

Most areas where there is line-of-sight to a southern sky.

Depends on cellular coverage and nearby technology.

Affected by distance from towers, geography, and signal interference.

LATENCY
(lower is better)

As high as 300 ms or even more.

Greater than 1000 ms is common.

Varies greatly. Less than 170 ms to greater than 2000 ms.

Lower than 50 ms is common.

 

IN CONCLUSION, the technology that Plainsnet uses should usually be faster, more reliable, and better suited for things like gaming and watching movies than any other current rural broadband technology in the area. In addition, our contract terms are less stringent and our budget package is attractively priced. Rural Oklahoma, high-speed internet has come! Call today!

* Plainsnet does take appropriate action when we see high and unremitting bandwidth usage for an unreasonable amount of time. 24/7 torrent usage, for example, is not encouraged.
** Cost for early termination is the remainder of the term or $200, whichever is greater. Neither the contract term nor the early termination fee is enforced if the customer has an unreliable internet connection, provided the customer gives Plainsnet a reasonable chance to fix the problem.


DEFINITIONS

BIT - "Mbps" (megabits per second) and "kbps" (kilobits per second) are commonly referenced for internet speed. So what is a "bit?"

Sometimes "bit" is confused with "byte." When downloading a file, for example, the speed might indicate "50 KB/s." That is slower than dial-up, right? Isn't dial-up 56k? Well, yes, dial-up is (up to) 56k, but the "k" in "56k" is "kbps." Notice the difference: KB/s vs. kbps. KB/s is "kiloBYTES per second." Kbps is "kiloBITS per second."

So what's the difference? It takes eight "bits" to make a "byte"; therefore, if you want to know how fast that file is downloading in terms of how ISPs and speed test sites commonly report connection speeds, multiply the "KB/s" by eight to get the "kbps." In our previous example, 50 KB/s becomes 400 kbps.

KB/s - Kilobytes per second. It takes about 1000 kilobytes to make 1 megabyte.

kbps - Kilobits per second. It takes about 1000 bits to make 1 kilobit.

LATENCY - Usually a "ping test" is used to determine latency. A "ping" is the time it takes for a packet of information to get from a device, such as your computer, to a server and back. The higher the ping (or latency), the longer that packet takes to return. Online games such as first person shooters and racing games are very negatively affected by high latency, as they need constant feedback from all players (who shot whom, who moved where, etc.). Video conferencing and internet telephony are also negatively affected by high latency.

You might ask, "Isn't this the same as speed?" Not necessarily. Think of the difference between a cargo train and a cargo airplane. The train will take longer to get there than the plane, but once it gets there it will unload the cargo just as fast--provided the unloading crews are of equal quality. This is a slightly imperfect analogy when it comes to web-browsing, however, as sometimes a website will make several "handshakes" with your computer when you connect, and every one of those handshakes is like another train; therefore, a low-latency connection (airplane) may generally "feel" snappier than a high-latency connection (train), even if the latter connects at a greater speed (better unloading crew). Confused? Just call us.

MB/s - Megabytes per second. It takes about 1000 megabytes to make 1 gigabyte.

Mbps - Megabits per second. It take about 1000 kilobits to make 1 megabit.

 
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