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Are there any drawbacks to using a satellite Internet connection?
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  1. While satellite Internet has proven to be a useful connection solution for those living "off the grid," where a normal Internet infrastructure is either not feasible or yet in place, it's not without its drawbacks. The connection speed pales in comparison to modern broadband Internet connections. Satellite connections upload at a rate of one-tenth the speed of a regular, now-somewhat-antiquated analog dial-up modem. While its upload speed is essentially crippled, its download speed is, however, faster than dial-up. Still though it can't compete with today's cable modem or DSL upload/download speeds.

    Another drawback can be connection quality. Satellite connections can be interrupted by bad weather and even nearby trees, making it difficult to browse the Web in an uninterrupted manner.

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