While living a self-sufficient lifestyle, especially in rural America, does mean doing without some modern conveniences, such as the ability to run to Walmart any time you like, it doesn’t have to mean doing without internet. I am a computer programmer and my income depends 100% on my ability to be connected to the internet.
Out here in the sticks, getting internet can be problematic to understate it greatly. DSL or Fiber simply aren’t available in many rural parts of the country, and where I live is no different.
This lack of connectivity has created an industry all its own. WISP is an acronym for Wireless Internet Service Provider. Typically a WISP company will install a large radio tower within 20 to 30 miles of where you live. They may also use existing towers such as your local water tower, etc. Continue reading