(NewsUSA) – As more Americans look to hang up their dial-up connections and switch to faster broadband services, a new high-tech dilemma has emerged; the Information Superhighway does not stretch as far as some might think. That’s because an estimated 47 percent of the population, who live predominantly in rural or remote areas, don’t have access to high-speed, broadband service, such as cable modems or DSL.

But instead of believing that broadband connectivity is a pipe dream, more and more of these people are looking up — to the heavens. That’s because it’s now possible to receive high-speed Internet access via satellite.

In contrast to cable-provided broadband, satellite broadband can reach any user within the contiguous U.S. with a clear view of the southern sky. This feature makes it particularly attractive to rural customers who may not have other options for high-speed access.

Unlike traditional broadband options, satellite service does not rely on cable or wires. This means that it’s not hindered by geography or topology, or how much a service provider will invest in infrastructure. Instead, satellite service uses a small dish and a modem to provide the broadband connection, making it available anywhere in the U.S.

For example, with HughesNet satellite service, residential users can experience speeds up to 10 times faster than dial-up, not to mention outstanding customer care from a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company.

Satellite broadband is even faster for business users, allowing business owners to download large files in minutes, stay abreast of inventory and do away with expensive T-1 lines. Because satellite broadband is always on, businesses don’t need to dial in and wait for a connection for critical business operations, such as processing credit cards and back office applications, thereby freeing up phone lines and reducing wait times for customers.

With high-speed Internet service via satellite, businesses and consumers in remote or rural areas are no longer stuck in the slow lane of the Information Superhighway.

To learn more, visit the Web site at www.hughesnet.com.