Rural Internet Solutions: How to help remote workers with little to no Internet

Posted by Olayinka Alawode on

For remote workers, the internet is a source of income. They need the internet, from searching for gigs to attending work meetings, sending files, responding to emails, and communicating with their loved ones.

Now, imagine you cannot do all these because you live in an area with no internet. This automatically means that your source of income is stripped away, and you miss the opportunity of sharing special moments with friends and family living far away.

…Sadly, this is the reality of many remote workers who live in rural areas.

Over the last decade, rural Americans have made massive efforts to bridge technological gaps by adopting digital technology. However, despite these efforts, experts say that rural residents are the least likely Americans to have access to the high-speed Internet needed in modern society for work, education, and health care.

What does high-speed internet mean?

When I think of high-speed internet, I think of download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second or Mbps.

High-Speed Internet is required for a lot of reasons. For a start, remote workers need high-speed internet to communicate with their employers and teammates via chat apps, and children need high-speed internet to engage in remote learning. Digital technologies used in agriculture to increase crop and animal yields, improve distribution, and reduce input costs require high-speed internet connection. Also, access to the internet directly influences the economic growth and health of any city, town, or country. This means that places with high-speed internet are much more desirable to live in than places with crappy internet. 

This brings us to the question, how can remote workers living in the most rural areas ensure they stay connected with the rest of the world? Well, let’s explore these suggestions listed below?

  • Maps Telling Rural Residents where to find high-speed Internet;

    In the 21st century, even in the most rural locations, there are areas with better internet services. This may be because these areas are closer to cell towers or more populated than other areas. Therefore internet service companies take advantage of the large population to set up bases there. Remote workers living in rural areas need to get their hands on maps that accurately identify areas with high-speed internet. Such a map would also help these remote workers identify broadband dead areas. With such information, these workers would successfully avoid living in areas with no internet.

  • Time Management Apps;

    Even when remote workers succeed in finding areas with broadband, there is still a possibility of the internet becoming slow during certain hours of the day—Internet rush hour. Between 7 and 11 pm, when most Internet users are online at the same time, the internet can become annoyingly slow.  To avoid dealing with internet rush hour, especially when you are deep into a task, you need to manage your time accurately. This is where time management apps come in. A time management app helps you better prioritize your time with to-do lists, time trackers, memos, and calendars. First, you need to identify the internet rush hour in your area. It could be early evenings when people are just returning from work or afternoons during lunch breaks. Once you have identified the internet rush hour in your area, you can now use your time management app to schedule tasks around the hours when the internet is fast. By doing so, you get work done before the internet is packed with so many users and then get some rest or unwind during the rush hours.

  • Get Nomad internet;

    Nomad Internet is an LTE internet option specifically made for travelers(for your road trips and Rving) and people who live in rural areas. From Florida to California, Nomad Internet is available in all of America. Nomad Internet provides American rural residents with high-speed internet through major cell towers(AT&T and T-Mobile towers) close by. The benefit of this is that, as a Nomad internet user, you are sure to get internet anywhere there is cell service. Nomad internet offers two major device options. The fully portable travel router has an inbuilt battery (4-5hours battery life) and can be used on the road, at home, or in the office.  The second device option is the Wi-Fi router. It is a stationary router that requires being plugged into a power supply and has extra antennas to achieve faster speeds. Both device types each have membership plans represented by different colors. Each color represents one of the major cellular carrier networks, and each membership plan differs in-network coverage. With Nomad internet, you have the option of knowing if a plan would work in your area even before purchasing it. To do this, simply visit the website, and view each plans’ coverage in your location or visit the Help Me Choose page. You can get both device types for the best experience with Nomad internet. The Wi-Fi router to stay connected when in your home or RV and the travel router for when you go out to the beach or for a walk around your neighborhood. 

With millions of adult rural residents adopting the work-from-home culture, there is a greater need for broadband internet in rural areas. Remote workers living in rural areas can achieve faster internet speeds by identifying areas with broadband, using antennas to boost internet signals, and subscribing to good internet companies.



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