Commercial Recovery Act plan 27GB vs Liberty 12

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I'm currently on the Commercial Recovery Act plan, which I've been on for a very long time. I've noticed that there are some new plans available to me. The one that caught my eye was the Liberty 12 plan. Even tho I would have less priority data (27GB vs 12GB) I was wondering if it might be worth it to have virtually unlimited data even if it is throttled somewhat. They are both the same price to me. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm on Liberty 12 and love it. After using my 12 GB of priority data I get 1 to 5 mbps during the morning and day. From 5 pm to midnight speeds are usually around 256 mbps.

If you don't mind the slow speeds at night, it is basically unlimited the rest of the time.

Make sure you are getting the free zone and that you aren't on a congested beam before you switch.

I rarely use up my 12 gb of priority data thanks to the free zone from 3 am to 6 am.
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Thanks for the input. I figured it might be a bit of a trade off. I'll have to think about this a little more.
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If you are tech savy, it is a really good deal. I watch tons of movies, including stuff from Netflix.

I use Internet Download Manager to download large files during the free zone.

I use Playon to record Netflix during the free zone.

I usually use at least 100 GB a month thanks to the unmetered access from 3 am to 6 am.

The free zone keeps me from using up my priority data so I still have good speeds in the evening.
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Thanks for info about playon wish I knew about lol I am downloading it now lol
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It's pretty freaking amazing. You can schedule it to record Netflix whenever you want.

Then install Plex on your computer and use it to cast to your Roku device.
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With tools like Playon and the late night free zone there really isn't any reason to switch to an unlimited plan.
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depends on your beam. If you stay within your "unlimited" limited "priority" alotment it may not be a problem, but if you go over..... forget it! On my beam 367 it was unusable even during the "free zone" Ask other's in your beam about congestion
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Curious, did they upgrade your modem to SB2?  Black modem.

Taking a look at this beam map, what would be the beam number for your area?
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Location is a big factor. Being onbtge Recovery Act means west of the Mississipi. Surprised you are not on Exede 5 with an augmented beam.
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Looks like I'm on beam 12, and i do believe i have an SB 2 modem. I get speeds of about 12mbs
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Also is there newer modem available? Or how are people getting 100mbs speeds?
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That always makes Jab happy when someone does that.  
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LOL I'm glad i could make someone happy
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Just saying how It was originally sold.

I don't know if the NRTC is even going to sell plans off V-2. Originally, the NRTC had plans more unique than Viasat. Until recently they still did. I got a Freedom plan that was NEVER offered to me by Viasat in my zip code.
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RE: "NRTC is even going to sell plans off V-2."

5:59 AM - 26 Feb 2018 - NRTC got a "new distribution agreement with @ViasatInc that enables telcos to offer a true satellite broadband product to complement your existing infrastructure and expand service."
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Viasat-2 Satellite Now Delivering 100 Mbps to Rural America
Randy Sukow Feb 27, 2018

Viasat today said that highly anticipated service from its new Viasat-2 satellite has begun. Rural households that have received Viasat’s 12 Mbps downstream service in recent years can now start ordering service up to 100 Mbps, a more than eight-fold increase. NRTC has begun contacting its members who provide Viasat service with information about how to transition their subscribers to the faster satellite.

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The big change will be a hard cap vs a soft cap. Here's an overview of the Liberty plans

www.exede.com/liberty/
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Wow, people are still seeing liberty plans?!  Near the end of February, all plans except 'Unlimited' plans vanished for me (as a potential new customer).  And even those are max of Unlimited Gold, which means no Viasat-2 plans for me yet.  I'm not looking for video restriction, so a Liberty plan would be a great fit for me.
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Liberty plan is still available in beam 314
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You should call and ask.if Liberty plans are available in your area. Never trust the website.
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Liberty is available in my area to.  Beam 310.

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Hard cap. Soft cap. Deprioritization. All symantecs if you have a plan that meets your needs.
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RE: Tracrert command came up if-ae-6-2.tcore1.PDI-Palo-Alto

Anik-F2 satellite is being used, via Beam 62, and Riverside, CA is your Gateway (Internet POP).   If they are offering 12Mbps service in your area, I suspect these plans are offered on WB-1 satellite.  And if true, Seattle Gateway would be used.

So, either take a 12 Mbps plan, but I would not expect VS-2 service unless a 50/100Mbps plan was offered, when it comes available, which may be within several months.

I would ask about install process...does it come with new cable, new TRIA, and a new Modem.  If its been some 5 years, I would insist on new cable....YMMV.