Nomad Internet’s C-Band Tech Investment Pays Off for Rural Communities, According to New Survey


In recent months, Nomad Internet formed a strategic partnership with Verizon Wireless, enabling the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to bring C-band spectrum technology to a wide swathe of its 10,000 plus wireless internet customers. The goal of this partnership was to level up connectivity, delivering 5G-equivalent internet access to Nomad’s core consumer group, based mostly in rural communities across the United States. And, according to a recent survey of more than 200 Nomad Internet customers, that investment is really leveling the playing field across the country when it comes to online equality. 

The Challenge of Rural Connectivity 

Because remote communities typically fall out of reach of traditional internet service delivery wires, getting reliable online access has been historically difficult.  But, since its founding in 2017, Nomad Internet has helped rural communities overcome that hurdle, delivering affordable and reliable connections via fixed wireless internet programs. Today, the ISP is the leading provider of fixed internet to rural communities in America. But the Nomad team is never content to rely on just ‘good’ connectivity, so it constantly invests in new technology. This has allowed customers to first enjoy LTE-equivalent connections; then move on to 4G; and now, with the rise of the Nomad Air, Ark and Raptor modems—all designed for C-band spectrum connections—the ISP has made 5G equivalent service a reality. 

While not every Nomad Internet customer has upgraded to C-band modems, those who have are seeing a big difference in the speed and reliability of their service. When surveyed, 77% of Nomad’s C-band consumer base reported high-satisfaction rates with both their modems and with the speed of their internet. And 40% of surveyed customers noted that their new modems delivered at least 50% faster connections compared to previous setups. At a time when internet access is a necessity, not a privilege, these customer satisfaction rates indicate that Nomad Internet is successfully closing the access gap in rural sections of the United States. 

A Worthwhile Investment

After seeing the direct benefits of C-band technology to her Nomad Internet customer base, CEO Robyn Weber said, “We are grateful to all of our customers who provided their feedback and insights on their experience with the technology to date.” Furthermore, she said, “It’s immensely rewarding to see the evolution of Nomad Internet’s offerings generate benefits for our customers as quickly as it has with the deployment of higher-speed internet access through Verizon’s continued investments in C-band spectrum.”

Zooming out to the bigger picture—and Nomad Internet’s ultimate goal of helping people stay connected wherever they are, without the need for cumbersome cables or wires, Weber noted that the company is still on a “journey to help bridge the digital divide across America.” And, she says, thanks to “the strategic vision of Verizon Wireless,” and the partnership between the two storied companies, these new, lightning-fast connection speeds are just the tip of the iceberg for the underserved residents of rural America. In fact, it seems likely that easy access to urban-equivalent connectivity is right around the corner for all of rural America, if Nomad’s recent leaps and bounds are any indication

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