Do you have U.S. Cellular for your wireless phone service? Now you can get home internet from them over their existing LTE network in select locations. U.S. Cellular does offer an unlimited option but warns they may slow down heavy users depending on network congestion. Their Fixed Wireless Home Internet plans start at $40 a month for 20 GB and go up to $70 a month for 90GB of 4G service. After you hit your cap, you will be downgraded to 2G. For many, this may not be a great option for home internet but for rural Americans, this may be a great option for them.
“We have a 4G fixed wireless product out there today that is really aimed at the more rural areas where you don’t have cable or any other competitive product. And it’s a nice product, it drives nice incremental sales,” explained U.S. Cellular’s Kenneth Meyers during the company’s recent quarterly conference call. “Interestingly, for about 25% of the new adds that come in taking that fixed wireless coming with it, bring a handset line with them. It’s actually driving usage in parts of the network that aren’t as challenged in terms of capacity as some of our city centers. So I like it. Nice product.”
This network is built off of the existing LTE 4G networks and comes with all the limitations of 4G. Newer 5G networks are already starting to pop up that are created for home internet use. So far plans for 5G home internet have started around $50 a month with no data cap. We are still looking at 2020 before many rural Americans may have a 5G option in their area. So, for now, 4G LTE fixed wireless networks like this will have to bridge the cap for millions of Americans living in rural areas with limited internet options.
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