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Old 08-25-2020, 12:06 PM
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I'm up here in the Sweetwater TN area deciding what to do with the lot my soon to be ex-wife and I bought back in 2017 thinking it might be a retirement option. I really like the location and because I'm a software developer working remote for a major software company (remote working seems to be the future) I was thinking I might be able to move up here sooner rather than later. I wasn't so worried about high speed internet access until now and I found out the only internet access currently available is satellite and everyone says it's TERRIBLE. Everyone says it is slow, unreliable, expensive and data capped. Ugh. "We're lucky if we can stream Netflix on a clear day." That's not what I want to hear.

So I checked with Spectrum/Charter who is the primary cable/internet provider in Sweetwater and their service area ends right near the entrance to my 'subdivision'. I told the Spectrum lady that 4 new houses have been built in the last year and I asked if there's a way to request service to be extended and she said she can submit a ticket to their service area team to make an assessment for expansion. I also called the developer of the subdivision who still owns about 15-18 unsold lots and suggested that high speed internet access is a big deal and marketing opportunity to see if he could influence Spectrum.

No high speed reliable internet means I can't build/relocate here for the foreseeable future.

Here's a google earth shot of the subdivision (Hunter Ridge Farms) and the Spectrum service in RED. My lot is outlined in yellow.





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I have been working remotely for 6 months now on a verizon jetpack, and I supplement it with my phone being a hot spot. it has worked very well so far and I live no where near where spectrum has service.
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I have been working remotely for 6 months now on a verizon jetpack, and I supplement it with my phone being a hot spot. it has worked very well so far and I live no where near where spectrum has service.
What sort of bandwidth do you get with the 4G jetpack? How reliable (service disconnects, etc)?

I need to reliably VPN/RDP into datacenter VMs along with daily Webex/MS Teams video/voice calls.
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Originally Posted by avenger79 View Post
I have been working remotely for 6 months now on a verizon jetpack, and I supplement it with my phone being a hot spot. it has worked very well so far and I live no where near where spectrum has service.

Benn using jetpack for over 10 years....
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slightly off topic, but you gave the info....you can really buy acre(s) for that price?
https://www.fletcherbrighthomes.com/...ms-subdivision

1/3 acre in my neck of the woods runs about 150k minimum, depending where you are.

I also work for a software company and have been remote since March, and looking like much longer. Can I be your neighbor?
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I have been working remotely for 6 months now on a verizon jetpack, and I supplement it with my phone being a hot spot. it has worked very well so far and I live no where near where spectrum has service.
Also, are you on an unlimited data plan? Thanks.
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Why not make friends with a person in the "red zone" and beam internet to the yellow zone?
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On the boat I stream Netflix, Amazon and YoutubeTV all the time with my Verizon hotspot.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
I'm up here in the Sweetwater TN area deciding what to do with the lot my soon to be ex-wife and I bought back in 2017 thinking it might be a retirement option. I really like the location and because I'm a software developer working remote for a major software company (remote working seems to be the future) I was thinking I might be able to move up here sooner rather than later. I wasn't so worried about high speed internet access until now and I found out the only internet access currently available is satellite and everyone says it's TERRIBLE. Everyone says it is slow, unreliable, expensive and data capped. Ugh. "We're lucky if we can stream Netflix on a clear day." That's not what I want to hear.

So I checked with Spectrum/Charter who is the primary cable/internet provider in Sweetwater and their service area ends right near the entrance to my 'subdivision'. I told the Spectrum lady that 4 new houses have been built in the last year and I asked if there's a way to request service to be extended and she said she can submit a ticket to their service area team to make an assessment for expansion. I also called the developer of the subdivision who still owns about 15-18 unsold lots and suggested that high speed internet access is a big deal and marketing opportunity to see if he could influence Spectrum.

No high speed reliable internet means I can't build/relocate here for the foreseeable future.

Here's a google earth shot of the subdivision (Hunter Ridge Farms) and the Spectrum service in RED. My lot is outlined in yellow.


I don't see a problem with the internet provider running a line to your house. I am having internet brought to my farm and it doesn't cost me anything to have it done. The provider will have to bring a line, both overhead and buried, approx. 1/4 miles.
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simple...call up Spectrum, give them the address and ask for an estimate to bring your lot "on net". Figure that cost into your construction/build costs. They will factor other homes that would get "lit up" along the way into the estimate.
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pic of soon to be ex wife?
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I have a friend that moved to Tennessee. The "end of the interned" box was two miles from his house. There were a few houses between his house and the box but they wanted $3K to run it to his house. He ended up getting satellite and hated it.
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Also, are you on an unlimited data plan? Thanks.

AT&t jet pack here with an unlimited SIM card from Nomad internet.

Bandwidth - download is between 10-30 MBPS. upload is slow, under 5.

We typically have 3-4 users on at once.

Nomad has SIM cards for 4 of the major carriers - just find the best one in the area.

And no contract.
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Starlink will be a good option but it is still a year or so away.

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