But with more and more services, and cost savings, available via the internet, those people stuck in the broadband shadows are losing out.
That is why satellite broadband appeals as it offers quick access to the web via a dish on the roof and is accessible across France.
But with mention of magabytes, data packets and latency rates, the options can be a little mind blowing but a recent Ask Jack column on the Guardian website may help out.
Experienced technology journalist, Jack Schofield, replies to a question from a reader about installing satellite broadband in Wales.
And whilst some of the information is specific to the Welsh countryside, he talks about setting up a simple spreadsheet to help you compare all the options available on the market.
The functions you should consider include upload and download speeds, the monthly data allowance, whether the service supports VoIP for making phone calls (possibly with a UK phone number), whether you get a British IP (internet protocol) address, and whether you can get any TV channels from the same dish. In my case, the IP address came from the Astra server in Luxembourg, so I wouldn't have had direct access to the BBCs iPlayer service, if it had existed at the time.
Also any good supplier should be able to provide you with an example of the service so that you can decide on the suitability of the different options.
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