I live in a rural area, a bit over 30 minutes outside south Dallas. No major broadband carrier offers service right where I live with the exception of two satellite providers. Each has measured service with a very low cap. That means no Netflix movies, no Hulu, and few other downloads unless you have very deep pockets and enjoy throwing money out the window. You cannot even get good mobile service where I live. No 4G and 3G is iffy. I'm lucky to be able to make phone calls. DSL and other cabled services are at least two miles away, and no plans soon to extend.
I moved here from Austin, a place with cheap high speed service all over. I felt like I had been transported to the dark ages (at least as far as internet service goes) after moving here. Even watching videos on You Tube was out of the question. Dial-up and paying for a land line would have been over $60 per month, with the cheapest possible service choices.
Luckily, the neighbor behind me told me about a local provider with wireless towers and unlimited service. I'd read very bad things about wireless service companies in the Dallas area, but decided to give them a call based on my neighbor's experience. They'd had fantastic service for over two years with free upgrades they had not expected.
Wow! I'm glad I signed up. It's been about 4 months now. For just over $60/month, I'm getting dependable fast UNLIMITED service! It now appears Earthlink used to throttle my video streaming on my high speed connection in Austin. My service here is faster, better. I haven't pinged to check my speed here lately, but let's just say I've had no streaming issues, almost no downtime, friendly quick service when I do rarely need help, and am quite pleased.
I live in a shallow valley, and can just reach their signal. My in-laws (who lived here for over 10 years before me, a mile away) have obstructions that cannot be removed or they are a few feet too low to receive service. They pay over $70 per month for very low cap, using the satellite internet carrier linked to Dish Network.
The company I get this wireless service from is small, but large enough. They seem professional, business-like and customer oriented as far as my experience goes. Assuming you live in my area, you may want to have them come out and survey your property to see if you can receive service from existing towers. I have had somewhat had the impression that do not need to take you as a customer, but may choose to do so.
My provider is ECTISP. Ellis County Texas Internet Service Provider.