Peace, quiet and gorgeous landscapes are amenities which select buyers gallop toward for a move to the country. The purchase of rural property presents unique learning curves for buyers moving from an urban or suburban environment. Broadband access may or may not be readily available to the prospective property you may be considering for purchase.
Broadband access is expanding in rural areas across Texas. Powderly, Texas is an example of how broadband has recently become available. Before broadband availability, residents relied on dial-up/modem access or a USB air card. Both of these modes are slow and in most circumstances, unable to download more than an email without frustration, interruption and time consumption. USB air cards can be expensive, especially if you exceed contractual limits. Satellite internet is available but is expensive and also charges exorbitant fees if limits are exceeded.
Broadband access is an integral part of our communication with the outside world. For some of us, it is all inclusive access for entertainment, education, communication, business and emergency notifications. Purchase of rural property requires research for the accessibility to the World Wide Web. Assistance in determining broadband accessibility is available on website, ConnectedTexas.org. The mission of this site is, “Connected Texas was commissioned by the Texas Department of Agriculture to work with all broadband providers in the state of Texas to create detailed maps of broadband coverage in order to accurately pinpoint remaining gaps in broadband availability in Texas. “ It is beneficial in determining available broadband providers and testing broadband speed.
Internet access is fundamental for farming, ranching, commercial business and weather information when residing in a rural community. It is access to market and sales information. Educational access is vital for school age children and college class research and online participation. Broadband availability is the heartbeat of most commercial business communication and transactions. News and weather reports are important for agricultural forecasts and personal safety alarms.
Check if broadband access is available at ConnectedTexas.org and through your real estate agent familiar with the sale of rural property.
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