Charter Attempting to Bring Spectrum Wireless Internet to Rural Areas

As one of the two largest high speed internet providers in the nation, Charter Spectrum provides internet access in urban, suburban, and some outlying rural areas. Via a new filing with the FCC, it appears the company is looking to expand that rural reach without wired infrastructure necessary by testing wireless internet in some rural areas.

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“Charter is currently testing in the 3.5 GHz Band in rural communities to determine the most effective means for deploying in this band, and already has determined that it can provide speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps at significant distances,” the company wrote in a recent FCC filing. The company did not provide specific distances. “Charter plans to continue testing in rural communities to investigate further how to expand the speeds and services it delivers.”

Indeed, Charter hinted that—based on the results of its tests—it may well rely on wireless technologies to expand its overall coverage area.

“The 3.5 GHz Band remains an important component of Charter’s wireless strategy,” the company wrote. “Charter is currently conducting trials in this band to confirm that wireless access technologies at frequencies such as 3.5 GHz could be suitable for rural broadband and providing wireline-like broadband connectivity and speeds. The adoption of appropriate rules that encourage deployment and investment by new entrants will also be a critical element of Charter’s evaluation of 3.5 GHz licenses as part of its overall wireless strategy.”

Rural internet access has been a problem in some areas of the United States, causing a disparity in educational and workforce opportunities in a world that is increasingly dependent upon being online. If new wireless technologies can help to lessen that gap, it will be helpful not only for rural Americans, but for everyone.

High Speed Internet Providers in Palm Springs, CA

Whether you live in Palm Springs year-round or as a getaway during the winter months, this beautiful resort town provides a lot of luxuries. With all of the things going on in and around Palm Springs, you probably aren’t thinking much about the time you spend at home, but you should keep in mind the luxuries and necessities of home as well—including high speed internet for your home in Palm Springs, CA.

When it comes to high speed internet in Palm Springs, there can be as many as four choices available for your home. How do you choose? After availability, you should look to speed and other benefits.

Availability

When it comes to availability, Spectrum internet in Palm Springs, CA is available in almost every home within the area, leaving out only homes that are away from the wired infrastructure. DSL and fiber internet from Frontier FiOS is available in around 90% of homes.

For homes in outlying areas, ViaSat offers satellite internet that is not dependent upon wired infrastructure. This may be the only option in more rural parts of the Palm Springs area.

Other Factors

In the homes where both Spectrum and Frontier are available, it’s important to consider speed. While some Frontier homes have up to 100 Mbps download speeds available, you can get that anywhere with Spectrum internet in Palm Springs or wherever it is available throughout the state of California.

Spectrum also offers a number of other benefits, including cheap bundled prices with cable television and home phone, and Spectrum’s cable TV selection includes the greatest number of HD channels. And only eight percent of the area covered by Frontier offers those 100 Mbps speeds—the rest has 70 Mbps or lower.

Conclusion

If available, choose Spectrum in Palm Springs, CA. Only Frontier fiber optic internet comes close.

How to Watch St. Louis Sports in Osage Beach, MO

Osage Beach, MO is a hot vacation destination for people from the St. Louis, MO area, with many families owning lakeside cabins or portions of timeshares, or renting condos to experience that Lake of the Ozarks life. While the majority of your time will be spent out on the Lake or on the docks or hitting all the night spots, you’ll still want to keep up to date on the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues, and the best way to do that is with Spectrum cable TV in Osage Beach, MO.

The majority of Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey home and away games are broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports Midwest Plus, also known as FS Midwest and FS Midwest Plus. These channels are available with affordable packages from Spectrum cable TV in Osage Beach, MO, and you can also bundle internet and home phone when you purchase cable TV so you won’t have to worry about multiple bills for multiple services—a complete hassle for your lake house!

In Osage Beach, FS Midwest appears on channels 37 and 824 in SD and HD respectively. FS Midwest Plus is likewise available on 75 and 826.

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Best Internet Provider in Incline Village, NV

While you probably don’t spend too much time inside due to the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe, you still want the high speed internet in your home in Incline Village, NV to perform well. When it comes to internet in Incline Village, there are three companies providing high speed internet service: AT&T with DSL available in 96% of the area and fiber internet in a much smaller portion, Spectrum with cable internet in 100% of the area, and Viasat with satellite internet covering outlying areas without wired infrastructure.

When you’re deciding on high speed internet in the area, the deciding factor is right there in the descriptor—speed. The fastest internet in the area is the 1 Gbps AT&T fiber service, but it is only available in a fraction of homes. If you live in one of these tiny pockets, you should go with this ultra high speed service, but if you don’t, there is still a good choice for you.

That alternate choice is Spectrum internet in Incline Village, NV, with speeds up to 100 Mbps. Spectrum high speed internet in Incline Village provides the fastest widely available internet in the area, and is available in nearly every home.

For outlying areas, the only choice may be Viasat—if you live away from the town center with no wired infrastructure, Viasat internet is powered by satellite dish and gives you speeds up to 25 Mbps.

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Tune in to the St. Louis Cardinals in Ballwin, MO

As part of the greater St. Louis area, Ballwin, MO is a hotbed of Cardinal fandom. While there is no better way to experience baseball than down at Busch Stadium skipping out on work for an afternoon game with a hot dog and a beer or seven, it’s not always possible, and the next best thing is seeing the Cardinals on TV.

Most of the Cards’ home and away games are broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest, also known as FS Midwest, which is also the home of St. Louis Blues hockey. When the two teams’ schedules overlap, games may also be shown on Fox Sports Midwest Plus. Both of these channels are available with Spectrum cable TV in Ballwin, MO. Spectrum provides an affordable cable TV service with the most HD channels available among the competition, though you get the best deal on price when you bundle service with internet.

In Ballwin, FS Midwest appears on channels 37 and 824 in SD and HD respectively. FS Midwest Plus is likewise available on 75 and 826.

As a nationally popular team, the Cardinals also often appear on other cable and broadcast networks, including Fox, FS1, and ESPN, especially when they play the rival Chicago Cubs. Make sure you have all of these channels with Spectrum Cable TV in Ballwin.

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How to Watch the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, AL

College football isn’t a pastime in Alabama, it’s a way of life. So when you’re trying to figure out what cable TV package in Auburn, AL to get, you want to be sure that you’ll get all the Auburn Tigers football games, whether they’re on CBS, ESPN, ESPNU, or the SEC Network. You’ll also want all the supplemental programming that comes along with it on other sports channels, like countdown shows, rankings announcements and more. When you’re looking for a cable TV package that contains the most sports channel options but without the NFL Sunday Ticket—because every day should be Saturday—you’ll want to go with Spectrum cable TV in Auburn.

Though the exact TV listings aren’t out yet, with Spectrum’s package available in Auburn you’ll see War Eagle just about every weekend between September 1 and November 24 when they play the hated rival Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl. Other games to watch for include September 15 against the LSU Tigers, October 13 against Tennessee, and November 3 against Texas A&M. Here is the full schedule:

  • 1 — Washington (at Atlanta)
  • 8 — Alabama State
  • 15 — LSU
  • 22 — Arkansas
  • 29 — Southern Miss
  • 6 — at Mississippi State
  • 13 — Tennessee
  • 20 — at Ole Miss
  • 27 — Bye
  • 3 — Texas A&M
  • 10 — at Georgia
  • 17 — Liberty
  • 24 — at Alabama

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for TV schedules and listings, package recommendations, and a whole lot more for Auburn and across the country.

NBA Playoff Cable TV Schedule for May

The NBA Playoffs are heating up—though without the Miami Heat—with the first round complete and second round action underway. Whether you’re in or out of market, you can find your team’s games on national cable and broadcast TV, with Spectrum cable TV services available in states housing six of the eight teams who remain: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Golden State Warriors, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets, and the Utah Jazz.

Here is the schedule set for May so far (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, May 1
8:00
PM
Cavs
Raptors
Semis
Game 1
TNT
10:30
PM
Pelicans
Warriors
Semis
Game 2
TNT
Wednesday, May 2
8:00
PM
Jazz
Rockets
Semis
Game 2
TNT
Thursday, May 3
6:00
PM
Cavs
Raptors
Semis
Game 2
ESPN
8:30
PM
Sixers
Celtics
Semis
Game 2
TNT
Friday, May 4
8:00
PM
Warriors
Pelicans
Semis
Game 3
ESPN
10:30
PM
Rockets
Jazz
Semis
Game 3
ESPN
Saturday, May 5
5:00
PM
Celtics
Sixers
Semis
Game 3
ESPN
8:30
PM
Raptors
Cavs
Semis
Game 3
ABC
Sunday, May 6
3:30
PM
Warriors
Pelicans
Semis
Game 4
ABC
8:00
PM
Rockets
Jazz
Semis
Game 4
TNT
Monday, May 7
6:00
PM
Celtics
Sixers
Semis
Game 4
TNT
8:30
PM
Raptors
Cavs
Semis
Game 4
TNT
Tuesday, May 8
TBD Jazz
Rockets
Semis
Game 5*
TNT
TBD Pelicans
Warriors
Semis
Game 5*
TNT
Wednesday, May 9
TBD Cavs
Raptors
Semis
Game 5*
TNT
TBD Sixers
Celtics
Semis
Game 5*
TNT
Thursday, May 10
TBD Warriors
Pelicans
Semis
Game 6*
ESPN
TBD Rockets
Jazz
Semis
Game 6*
ESPN
Friday, May 11
TBD Raptors
Cavs
Semis
Game 6*
ESPN
TBD Celtics
Sixers
Semis
Game 6*
ESPN
Sunday, May 13
TBD Cavs
Raptors
Semis
Game 7*
ABC
or TNT
TBD Sixers
Celtics
Semis
Game 7*
ABC
or TNT
Monday, May 14
TBD Jazz
Rockets
Semis
Game 7*
TNT
TBD Pelicans
Warriors
Semis
Game 7*
TNT

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