Blake P | Malvern, Arkansas
Living in the country town of Malvern, Arkansas and working in nearby Little Rock – a city of 195,000 people – offers Blake the best combination of urban and rural life.
Malvern is a small community of farmers, ranchers, and people who commute to Little Rock and Hot Springs, both within an hour's drive. Rolling hills and cattle farms dominate the landscape. People live there to be in the country; some of the land is not even on the electrical grid.
One urban amenity that Blake needs when he's home in rural Malvern is fast, reliable Internet access. In addition to his regular job as comptroller and office manager for the Arkansas Assemblies of God, Blake runs an independent management and accounting consultancy out of his home. His wife is a teacher who needs Internet access for research and developing plans. The couple has a 15-year-old son who uses the Internet for writing papers and other classwork. They also both take online continuing education classes.
Living on a country road, Blake's family is off the wired Internet infrastructure. HughesNet Gen4 high-speed satellite Internet service provides connectivity and high performance. With download speeds up to 15 Mbps and data allowances of up to 40 gigabytes per month, Gen4 enables the family to stay connected for business and personal use – everything from communicating with clients, to shopping online, to watching services from a church in California.
"We've been on Gen4 for about three months, and the results are much better than what we had before."
"We've been on Gen4 for about three months, and the results are much better than what we had before," Blake said. "We were able to do everything we needed with our previous service, but there were issues. There were a lot of dropped connections and the performance was slow."
Gen4 enabled Blake and his wife to start taking online classes. They watch live-streamed lectures. They can type questions for their instructors and communicate with their classmates. None of that was possible with their previous service, which lacked the performance for real-time communications.
"We would be close to the bandwidth allowance every month. With Gen4, we save money because our service plan costs less than we paid before and has a higher data allowance."
Blake also uses his Gen4 service to remotely manage the network at the Assemblies of God offices in Little Rock. He can reboot servers, check backups, and troubleshoot problems from the road or from his home. He also uses Gen4 to update his home computers' operating systems and applications such as Quicken and Quickbooks. All of this comes at a lower cost than his previous service and with higher performance.