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Kimmie Sue in Fairbanks, Alaska listens on KFBX and asked: “Up in Fairbanks, we have a hard time getting the Dish Network to work. We get maybe one satellite and of course they charge us for all the satellites. We would like to get rid of the Dish Network and I’m wondering if you can tell me what would be the best way to go for viewing TV programs and such. We don’t get great Internet service up here either and we always seem to lose our Internet for streaming a movie or something. It’s always “spooling” or whatever.”
Kimmie Sue, as is usually the case with these things you really dont have many options.
If Dish isnt doing it, your only other option in Fairbanks is GCI cable.
GCI has several advantages, for one its a wired link so you dont have to worry about the satellites not pushing a clear enough signal.
They also offer internet in Fairbanks at up to 2gbps which is far more than youd ever need to stream a movie. If thats all you do then pay for much slower service.
If you get GCIs internet you can also look for a streaming cable alternative, but those are expensive and unlikely to save you much money, a streaming service without live TV can save you money though, if you dont need the cable experience.
If your particular part of Fairbanks doesnt get GCI cable service, then your only option left may be a cellular hotspot, T-Mobile and Verizon both sell a home broadband service. That may get you fast enough internet to stream but youd still need to hire either a streaming cable replacement if you want live TV, or cheaper streaming libraries.
If you go that route, make sure data caps and possible overages or slowdowns are very clear, video streaming uses a great deal of data.
John in Bridgewater, New Jersey listens online and called into help another listener
John recommended the ZTE Mobley device that plugs into the OBD port, but with a USB power adapter so he can use it in his home.
Thank you, John!
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