When our baby was born we got by with just using our phones to look up stuff on the Internet from home. We weren’t being cheap, though we did have a budget. What the problem was is that there was no cable TV or even DSL Internet available at our house. We lived about a quarter of a mile beyond where the cable service ended. We had satellite TV, but no Internet service other than what we had on our phones. Now that he is in elementary school, he needs Internet access for homework. I looked into satellite Internet to see what kind of plans they were offering.
I looked at the prices and how many gigabytes you get per month with satellite Internet service. Unless you are a real power user of the Internet, then the 70 gigabyte plan should be enough. We have the 55 gigabyte satellite Internet plan. All of the different plans offer 50 gigabytes of monthly bonus data for late night use. Sort of an off-peak freebie to use late at night. They have fast upload and download speeds too. It is comparable to the cable Internet service we had when we lived closer to town.
I think it is amazing that grade school kids are now sent home with homework they have to do not only on a computer, but they have to have Internet access as well. I guess that the public school system just assumes that all families are on the Internet nowadays. We did our email, social media and browsing of websites on our phones for so long that it was a nice thing to actually be able to connect with our laptops at home. We used to never take them out of their cases after we got home from work.