LARIAT.NET Wireless Broadband
A Full Spectrum of  Services
"No Nonsense" Rate Schedule: Asymmetrical services

Note: New Rates and Speeds!

(Also see our Frequently Asked Questions page)
Service
Recommended for
Price (Note 1)
Link speed (Equivalent to cable or telephone company advertised speed claims; see Note 2)
Guaranteed downstream backbone capacity, or Committed Information Rate (CIR; see Note 3)
Static, public IP address (Note 4)
Economy Residential Internet
Single computer, basic e-mail and Web browsing, low resolution video streaming, VoIP
$30 Up to 54 Mbps (24 Mbps in areas with high radio interference levels)
512Kbps = 64KBps = .512 Mbps
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Standard Residential - Multiple computers/Home network More than 1 computer and/or low to moderate resolution video streaming (YouTube, standard resolution Netflix); real time auction bidding; VoIP
$40 Up to 54 Mbps (24 Mbps in areas with high radio interference levels)
768Kbps = 96KBps = .768 Mbps
$10/mo
Very Small/Home-Based Business
Single workstation and/or low to moderate resolution video streaming (YouTube, standard resolution Netflix); real time auction bidding; VoIP $40 Up to 54 Mbps (24 Mbps in areas with high radio interference levels)
768Kbps = 96KBps = .768 Mbps $10/mo
Enhanced Residential - Home or Small Business requiring more bandwidth for video, gaming, multimedia or VPN
Up to 3 workstations or moderate resolution video streaming (e.g. Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix); real time auction bidding; real time gaming/MMORP; XBox Live; VoIP; VPN w/access to shared disks; Windows Remote Desktop.
$60 Up to 54 Mbps (24 Mbps in areas with high radio interference levels)
1000Kbps = 125KBps = 1 Mbps
1 Included
Larger business or residence with multiple users requiring additional speed or bandwidth
4-6 workstations and/or applications requiring higher capacity including HD video streaming; two way Web conferencing; multiple VoIP sessions; bandwidth-intensive real-time games, multimedia, or VPN; high resolution Windows Remote Desktop
$80
Up to 54 Mbps (24 Mbps in areas with high radio interference levels)
1500Kbps = 187KBps = 1.5 Mbps 1 Included
Larger or Internet-based business or residental cable and telephone line replacement
6-10 workstations and/or multiple concurrent video streams; bandwidth-intesive applications (see above); complete replacement of TV and telephone service via Internet
$125 Up to 54 Mbps (24 Mbps in areas with high radio interference levels)
2500Kbps = 312KBps = 2.5 Mbps
1 Included
Custom
Any number of computers, servers, or workstations; entire office and/or apartment buildings. Symmetrical bandwidth available for applications that require the operation of servers
Call for
Quote
As required. Full duplex, low latency, low jitter dedicated point-to-point links and high speed radios with data rates up to 1.25 GHz are available
As required. High speed asymmetrical and symmetrical service (45 Mbps and beyond) available
As req'd


All wireless service levels include the following features:
  • Unaffected by weather (Unlike other wireless providers, we engineer our links for 24x7x365.25 reliability).
  • Faster browsing than DSL, cable, or other wireless; try a side-by-side comparison to see! Our automatic Web acceleration requires no special software.
  • All connections have a minimum of 64-bit encryption. Stronger encryption available upon request at no extra charge. Competitors' systems are frequently subject to snooping; with our encryption, no one can listen in on your wireless connection.
  • Inconspicuous radio units mount outdoors or in window
  • Some wireless ISPs charge you a setup fee large enough to buy the equipment, but then retain ownership of the radio. Others charge as much as $500 for installation. We don't do that. LARIAT.NET is currently waiving the $75 installation fee, so all you pay is the price of your radio, which you own. (Call for quotes on radio gear.)
  • All of the radios we provide to our customers conform completely to industry standards and have been certified to comply with FCC regulations. (Some of our competitors' customers have been given radios are not FCC certified and are actually illegal.) If you relocate to another city, your radio can very likely be used with a provider there.
  • No minimum contract term - we don't lock you in!
  • Reaches areas where DSL and cable modem can't go
  • Instant, local tech support. We carry cell phones! When you call you'll get us, not some stranger in a foreign country. We make house calls. And we actually know how to help.
  • Electronic mailbox with DNS blacklist filtering and automatic blocking of most messages with malicious attachments. Your e-mail can be retrieved from any cybercafe, wireless hotspot or other Internet connection worldwide
  • Free access to our wireless hotspots included with all broadband subscriptions
  • VPN support allows secure connections from home to office or between offices; we'll help you set it up!
  • LARIAT is the only ISP serving Laramie that is:
    • Locally owned
    • Locally operated
    • Locally involved (we offer free hosting and e-mail to community groups)
    • Not a franchise or chain, and
    • Actively involved in local business development
Call 307-761-2895 or e-mail Brett for more information about these or related services. We're always happy to address your unique requirements.
 
Notes (including network management disclosures):

(1) Monthly rate is all-inclusive. One bill; no hidden fees; no taxes; no surcharges; no franchise fees; no separate ISP and telephone company line charges; no requirement to sign up for extra services (e.g. Caller ID, special telephone package, or cable package). No minimum contract length or equipment rental fees. You own your equipment. These are our regular rates, not limited time introductory pricing. Beware of offerings that claim to cost $29.99 or even $19.99 but lock you into a long term contract, require you to buy other services (e.g. a "bundle" of telephone services you'll never use) or really come to as $45-$60 for basic service when all charges, including taxes and mysterious extra charges, are included. Also be wary of rates that start low but increase after an introductory period.

(2) Typical advertised speed for residential DSL is 640Kbps-1.5 Mbps; "Pro" DSL 1.5 to 7 Mbps; cable modem 3 Mbps to 8 Mbps. (Note that these are downstream speeds; their advertising often fails to highlight the fact that upstream speeds are lower.) The raw speed of your radio connection will depend upon the equipment used, the distance to the LARIAT Access Point, and the amount of radio interference that exists. We engineer our networks conservatively for throughput and reliability.

(3) This column lists the guaranteed minimum downstream TCP bandwidth allocated to your connection. (You may go faster, but this is the minimum and is also the result you will see on a reputable speed test.) As the entries in this column point out, the capitalization used in the abbreviations is important, because it determines the unit of measurement: 1 KBps (one kiloBYTE per second) is 8 times as much as 1 Kbps (one kiloBIT per second). Note that our system provides bursts of extra bandwidth to improve performance on short transactions (but not prolonged transfers such as speed tests or long downloads). Therefore, the results of speed tests will be pessimistic; you will see a minimum -- not a maximum -- when you run a speed test.  Note that DSL and cable providers generally do not guarantee any speed at all in either direction. Instead, they claim in their advertising to be giving you a data rate equal to the maximum downstream speed of your modem -- such as 1.5 to 7 Mbps for DSL -- when their networks do not actually have even a tenth of the capacity they'd need to sustain such speeds if everyone used their claimed capacity at the same time. Then, in the fine print, they admit that there's no guarantee that you will attain any particular speed... and that under their contract terms you have no right to complain if you don't get what they advertise! We don't play those games. Unlike our competitors, we don't just guarantee the downstream TCP capacity of your connection but encourage you to check it now and then. (Please do not check it frequently, because this stresses the network.) If you do not get at least 90% of the guaranteed downstream rate for which you're paying, call for technical support; there's something wrong and we need to fix it. Minimum upstream bandwidth is not guaranteed on residential connections, but we make a best effort to maintain it at 20% or more of the guaranteed downstream bandwidth. Because UDP, unlike TCP, does not have any built-in congestion control and does not respect signals from the network indicating congestion, the network must drop UDP packets more aggressively to control congestion. Thus, the attainable UDP throughput on a given connection will be lower than that for TCP. Latency to the Internet backbone (half the round trip ping time) is normally under 10 ms on LARIAT's network for all users. However, as you approach your bandwidth limit, latency will increase as the network buffers packets in an effort to avoid dropping them. If your network devices, or content providers sending you data, attempt to exceed the amount of bandwidth the network has allocated to you (which is always greater than or equal to your guaranteed minimum), packets will be discarded. The TCP and UDP ports associated with Microsoft Windows file sharing, common security vulnerabilities, and some malicious software are blocked by default for your protection. Also, due to the prevalence of malicious software that sends spam, we block outgoing connections to TCP Port 25. This prevents our network from being "blacklisted." (We do allow outbound connections to TCP Port 587, which is the properly secured substitute.) Call technical support if you have a need for us to unblock a specific port. In keeping with standard industry practice, our Terms of Service do not allow the operation of servers (including P2P nodes, which act as servers for files or portions of files) on residential or asymmetrical connections due to the performance degradation that can be caused in wireless networks by upstream congestion and excessive duty cycles. If you need a fully symmetrical connection or need to operate one or more servers, we can provision a competitively priced symmetrical connection for you; please call for a quotation.

(4) If you do not need a public, static IP address (usually called a "static IP" for short), we advise you not to get one. Using our carrier grade network address translation (NAT) is much safer, because it protects your computer from being attacked via the Internet by worms such as "Slammer" and the recently discovered Linksys router worm. It also blocks annoyances such as pop-up message spam. However, some programs and devices prefer or must have a public IP address to work. For example, the Microsoft XBox game machine works much better with one, and certain interactive functions of XBox Live (the online gaming service for the XBox) do not work at all if you do not have a public, static IP and turn off most of your Internet security as well. The Sony PS3 works a bit better with a static IP, though it is not essential. When we set up your connection, we'll ask you what equipment and software you're running and advise you as to whether you might need a static IP address. Note that we do not offer static IP addresses at our economy residential rate, but do at higher rates.