WIRELESS, WHEN DSL IS NOT AVAILABLE
In a rural geographically diverse area such as ours, there are many places where DSL or cable service is not available. Fixed wireless is your best bet. Spiral Internet partnered with DigitalPath (a Wireless Internet Service Provicer or WISP) because we both have the same vision – unlimited Internet at speeds that will let you watch streaming video. If we can't offer you DSL, call us at (530) 478-9822 and we’ll let you know if DigitalPath service is available at your location.
You can get 3 Megabits per second (Mbps) down / 1 Mbps up for $49.95 per month, and 6 Mbps down / 1 Mbps down for only $10 more per month.
These are not promotional rates that will be raised after one year of service. Fair and predictable pricing. We like that. At speeds that Neflix likes too. Since service requires that the antenna dish be able to "see" the tower (called "line of sight") where the DigitalPath signal originates, installation sometimes requires that the dish be installed in a tree. Monthly prices for service with tree installation are $15 extra per month. So, $64.95 per month for 3 Mbps / 1 Mbps and $74.95 per month for 6 Mbps / 1 Mbps.
BURSTABLE SPEED IS A BUST
Numbers can be misleading. Some wireless providers offer similar prices for much lower speeds. 512kbps, 768kbps, and 1.5Mbps speeds are no longer tolerable for anything but general email and some website browsing. Netflix will not work if your provider says they offer "burstable" speeds of 3 Mbps. Always ask what sustained speed you can expect.
WIRELESS WITH NO LIMITS
Other local WISPs have data limits. Digital Path provides service over their own network and, like us, believes that data limits are a thing of the past. Unlimited is very 21st century.
DIGITAL PATH ANSWERS THE PHONE
DigitalPath is a regional ISP based in Chico. You'll find that they offer free friendly and helpful technical support.
OTHER START UP COSTS
DigitalPath has a $249 installation fee, that you can ask to have amortized over a few months. There are no equipment costs, although a DigitalPath dish will be installed on your home or other building that best can “see” one of their broadcast facilities. If the best way to receive a signal is literally “up a tree”, then DigitalPath charges an additional one time charge of $46 for that work.
SOME THINGS TO KNOW AND CONSIDER