In 2009 my wife and I moved into our dream home we built in the mountains in Northeast Tennessee and the only choice for internet was satellite. There were two main companies at that time - WildBlue and Hughsnet. I chose WildBlue's 1.5 mb service which was the mid-level package. I was sooooo disappointed. I could only get the 1.5 around 4 A.M.. After work in the evening it was little better than dial-up. Horrible, horrible service! It took assistance from the state of Tennessee to get me out of my contract.
A couple months ago we moved into a new country home in Kentucky. DSL is not available even 12 miles from the state capital! In fact, we don't have a land line because of the expense of running the wire across the neighbor's field. So the only options for internet is Dish Network (Hughsnet) or Verizon wireless. I choose Dish Network because the download amount has a higher limit than cellular. I have the mid-level service - up to 10 mb download. Of course I've never seen 10 mb at anytime of the day but normally I see 3-6 mb on average. I wish it were better but I can live with that for now. Improvements are being made all the time.
We don't live a strict perma culture lifestyle - we're still new to this. Internet has become an invaluable tool for learning a country lifestyle and had it not been for internet I wouldn't have found this site. So for that reason I'm keeping it.
If you ever wonder why your options for internet are limited check out this Bill Moyer video: http://billmoyers.com/segment/susan-crawford-on-why-u-s-internet-access-is-slow-costly-and-unfair/