Country Living: My biggest surprise was not related to well or septic, but…
We’ve been wanting to experience country living for a while and we were finally able to make it happen when we closed on a property with some acreage last month. I wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and in general, wanted to have a quiet and safe space where we could farm and have enough green space for our kids to play.
(and also, got tired of #Nextdoor posts about people getting their Catalytic converters stolen. Someone tried to do this to one of our cars as well last year and even cut down our CCTV camera cable. We live in South East Fresno.)
I read up a lot of blog posts and watched YouTube videos and learned quite a bit about having to maintain well and septic system in the country, which I’ve never had to do before. But there was something which I didn’t think about, and that was not having access to reliable internet.
Our home in the country is less than 5 minutes from the highway and there is new community development just 2 minutes’ drive away. I never realized that I wouldn’t have access to good / reliable internet. Nothing was available — Xfinity, Fios or even AT&T Fiber. I even called some satellite-based internet companies, including Unwired, Hughes, Earthlink, etc. but either they couldn’t provide service due to our property being surrounded by trees, or their plans were too expensive, and speed was too slow. Starlink map showed that service would be available in 2023.
I was actually really looking forward to getting Unwired Broadband because they serve the rural Fresno area but after reaching out to them from their website, I got a response back asking if I had removed “all those trees” as clear line of sight was required to get proper signal from their tower. This is not something I was willing to do as the biggest reason for me to buy this property was the lush trees.
I asked the previous owners on what internet plan they had. They had Earthlink. “Oh, where did you mount your dish?” I asked. It turned out they only had a dialup internet, which obviously wasn’t going to work for me. I work from home and a lot of my time is spent on Zoom meetings.
I even tried hotspot, but nothing turned out to be reliable — not even switching my cell phone plan to a better carrier. Not having any other option, I end up signing up for the Starlink waitlist and in the meantime, starting using a 4g dongle. But lo and behold, earlier this week I received an email stating that my Starlink was ready! This came out as a surprise but finally we have stable internet at the new property.
Several folks had mentioned to me about having to deal with a well and septic system may not be that straightforward, but I only realized that there was no reliable internet available after we closed on this property. I’ve only used Starlink for a day, but so glad it worked out.
Stay tuned for my next post on Starlink first reactions.