Gonna try and keep this short. This is not strictly an ISP question but...
I live outside of Philadelphia in a place where Verizon took over our phone service (formerly Bell Atlantic) and Comcast took over our cable (Suburban). So I have a choice of actually-high-speed services that usually preform well.
Sadly, I have a friend in Nowhere, Iowa who is stuck with windstream. Google can tell you the horros of it but he's not exactly a tech person... I'm wondering what options there are to switch when you're stuck in a monopoly. His service is so bad that in addition to being slow it is now super spotty and kicks him off (Happy New Year!).
I'm wondering if slow-but-stable Dial-up or some Satellite internet may be an improvement He's paying about $50/mo for what is maybe 1mpbs when it wants to work at all. Maybe just adding the extra $7 for AOL for when windstream forgets him would be an option? Is it really better than nothing? How has satellite internet changed-- assuming it has-- since it was something for businesspeople in the 90's?