We are having major problems with the phone dial up internet service where we live in North Dakota. The fastest is 24kbps and the real speed for upload/download is 1 to 2.7kbps, way short of that blazing 'connection speed' we start at when first turned on. We are looking for a provider that uses satellite or other methods that will give us enough speed to actually upload photos (300kb to 6 or so MB in size) without preventing computer use for hours due to the file size/speed problems. Wild Blue and Hughes have both been suggested. Anyone with experience with them in rural areas as to how they perform in real world situations? Their ad stuff doesn't say much. If you have experience with one or both, what are the drawbacks? Are they really worth doing or should I live with speeds that mean leaving the computer on for three consecutive overnights due to slowness and 'kicking us off' during downloading updates? Any info on how they perform in inclement weather such as winds, heavy rain or snow, heavy cloud cover and such is appreciated. If real cold weather has an effect it would be nice to know. (-40 or more farenheit mid winter) The ad blurbs all sound rosy and great but the guys who write that stuff don't live where the roads aren't plowed for 2-4 days after a blizzard at times and we have to use the tractor & blade to get out of the drive after wind driven snow piles up a bit. Would like something faster so I don't have the one to 8 hour download times when upgrading computer programming. There is NO DSL or similar here. We are the next to last customer on a rural line and it just isn't available and there are no plans to get it out here in the forseeable future.