The latency can be huge when we have less-that-optimal conditions.
Since the throughput is low and the latency high, it's not streaming-video capabl. A buddy downloads a load of movies to an ssd and drops that off every now and then.
For real-time news I use an actual radio. There are some good news and music stations in the area.
I have an offline copy of the spanish language wikipedia.
Sounds like the 21st century version of Samizdat :)