Can someone explain the speeds offered on the plans?

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I currently have Liberty 25 which I understand means that I will receive 'up to' speeds of 25 mbps download.  As I write this my speed is 17.  The new satellite plans, according to a chat person today will offer  25, 50, or 100; all unlimited.  So does that mean I will get speeds 'up to' 25, 50 or 100, depending on plan I choose?  Say I choose the 100 plan, would it still be possible that I end up some days with a speed of 17? Seems not worth it if that is the case.
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Maximum speed possible depends...dish must be in proper alignment...time of day...weather conditions...how much total load your side is using.

I would suspect 50/100Mbps plans would deliver much better speeds overall during primetime since many of those customers (military/corporate/business) may be offline.  Only in time will the answer be known.  Commercial aircraft with Viasat's WiFi may or may not be relevant.

On plans based upon 12/25/30Mbps on VS-1/Anik-F2/WB-1 satellites, generally speaking, speeds will decrease during primtime, and much better in off-peak hours.

Lastly, speed is dependent upon the other end (site fetching from) ....sites visited may purchase their "speed level."  

I would only buy 50/100 plans for vid rate and bucket size...zipping along at 50Mbps will consume your bucket quickly.
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Not quite sure what your last sentence means.  I would like to stream Netflix and YouTube.  I can't tell now whether 25 would work because I only have 12 GB on that plan and I use it up in the first 4 days of the month without streaming either of those! 
Your thoughts?  Thx!!!
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Jab confuses most of us.
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Marsha, your speed of 17mbs is fantastic.  You can do anything you want with that speed.  If you want to start watching Netflix and such than you need more data, not more speed.  You should look for plans that offer higher PRIORITY data.  And be advised, unlimited plans all have reduced streaming speeds.  Bronze is very low, 320p, for computer screen viewing.  Silver is 480p for O.K. Television viewing and Gold is  720p for better Television viewing.
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Jab confuses himself I think. 
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If I were you Marsha, I would look at getting a 12mbs plan with more data if you have one available to you. Streaming on the Unlimited Plans will never stream at anything higher than 12mbs anyway.
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Thx! Maybe I'll start with Silver when it is offered and see.  It's not such a big jump financially!!!  Fixed income here but I do LOVE my internet!!!!!
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What Jim said.  Liberty plans will give you good video quality during the morning and day after you have used your priority data.  You won't have speeds good enough to watch video during the evening after you have used all of your data.

If you are okay with not being able to watch video from 5pm to midnight, then there is nothing wrong with a Liberty plan.  

I have a Liberty plan, and I use special software to download from 3 am to 6 am.  My plan doesn't use any priority data for downloads that take place during those hours.  It works great for me, but what I do is a bit technical.

If you don't want to do all the fancy technical stuff, and still want to watch video at night, then Unlimited Silver or Gold is what you need.  The Bronze plan would work too, but the video quality wouldn't be very good.

Hopefully what I said made sense and didn't make things even more confusing.
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Marsha,  I think you have the data saver option on your plan?  If you do, turn it ON and see what you think streaming looks like.  With the Data Saver turned on it will be the same as the Silver Plan, streaming at 480p.
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No, not confusing.  Thank you - and everyone else - for your help.  I think I have a idea of what to do now.
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I do have data saver on.  will try this evening while I still have gb!!!