Eighth-grader Cedric Garner Jr. tries to get in some Internet time at Monroe Intermediate School in Lower Peach Tree, Ala., where Internet capabilities are limited. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

The April 23 front-page article “A poor connection to modern life” made clear that there are locations where terrestrial Internet service is inadequate to meet user needs.

However, buried in the article was a dismissive reference to the use of satellite-based Internet services in such locations, including schools. Satellite services do have some disadvantages, including occasional weather-related outages. But satellite service that occasionally bogs down is better than the existing service, which, the article stated, always bogs down.

More than 1 million Internet users in the United States rely on satellite. New technology has and will continue to reduce satellite service costs in the coming years. Rural school boards should look into satellite service, determine what it would cost and figure out how to cover the expenses. Some of the satellite providers might even be glad to provide discounts for educational purposes.

Burt Liebowitz, North Bethesda