Why does satellite internet have data caps?

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I was just wondering why satellite internet requires data caps? Times are changing we need net for school devices and new computers requires updates we need videos and live streams to take a college course and I'm pretty much stuck with internet I'm afraid to use. I'm just curious as to why, is the technology limited? Is it greed?
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benjamin

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Bev, Champion

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Not greed at all. A land based internet service like AT&T Uverese, for example, only needs to add more lines and maybe another building and more servers to provide more capacity.

Exede has to build, launch and get a new satellite operational and insure they have the ground support that satellite needs to provide bandwidth to us. Each satellite can only handle so much data so, they have to meter the service to give as many people as possible than need it at least some internet access.

Adding cables and computers takes weeks or months, building and launching new satellites takes years and, satellites are a lot more expensive than a few thousand miles of cable.
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Benjamin: Thanks for your question. Bev did a good job answering it by noting that satellites do, indeed, have a fixed capacity. That capacity is growing with each new satellite, and the new one we're launching early next year will significantly increase our capacity and ability to offer more generous data plans. You can read more about data here.
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Alex, you stated ".and the new one [satellite] we're launching early next year..."

Please let me know why it is not being launched this year, as previously stated?

" When we launch our next satellite in 2016, we’ll have substantially more flexibility in terms of usage and bandwidth across the country. ( http://www.exede.com/freedom/)

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Viasat was planning to use SpaceX to launch the satellite but, before that could happen the type of rocket Viasat needed them to use had a RUD (Rapid, Unexpected Disasembly) In other words, it blew up. Space X was out of commission with that type of rocket for a long time.

Viasat decided to go with a different launch company and, had to take the earliest launch date that company had so, we all have to wait.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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yeah more or less. This new carrier is the quickest we can get a satellite up following that. We will be using SpaceX in the future but for ViaSat 2 we opted for another carrier. Unfortunately rocket launches take months to plan out (Rocket science and such) and we're looking at a launch by the end of the year and having the satellite operational shortly after.
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Don Anderson Sr.

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I'll be gone by then.......
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Thank you both for clearing it up and I understand. I guess meanwhile I'll have to think of a plan b
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Benjamin, YOU are an IDIOT!!!! YOU can get unlimited internet from OTHER COMPANIES!!!
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Benjamin, I and I'm certain others as well, here would be happy to help you with some data management tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your service.

You're right, even 30 GB is not much data these days but, with controlling updates, a good ad and large media blocker and, limiting streaming of videos and music, you can get those games or even a movie or two a week depending on your plan.

I beta test for two different game producers and, I do keep my operating systems, antivirus and drivers up to date on all of my devices. I rarely go over my 30 GB allotment and, my partner does use Facebook a bit and, I Twitter now and then. You just have to decide what is most important to you to use your internet for and, find ways to eliminate or minimize less important uses of your data.

If you are interested in any of the tools, tips and tricks I use to manage data consumption, just ask.
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I get it what your saying it's just for $90 a month I felt like I shouldn't have worry about going over a data. I understand why now. Still feels like I'm being over charge though. I been using this provider since it was wild blue I'm just getting tired of worrying about it constantly
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Bev, Champion

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I know the feeling, I've had Viasat service (WildBlue then Exede) for over 10 years. Hey don't feel too bad about the bill, mine is close to 200/month with Exede Voice, Easy Care and Liberty 30. And that's still only 30 GB of data (well liberty pass but, that's slow and no good for downloads or long (over 2 minutes) videos because they need to load and, that ruins a longer video.

Still given that there is no other internet other than Hughes net which is slower, I'm content with what I have. Sure more data will be great but, that is coming as soon as Viasat can get it for us. Certainly not unlimited but even another 20 GB would let me do a lot more online so, I'm hoping for that at least.
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Data caps irritate me to no end. I was told by EXEDE that from 12am till 5am You can use your computer to record movies to wacth later and anything else that requires a lot of bandwidth.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that's when companies use the least amount of bandwidth, However my elderly mother has Green Light provider and she watches movies and Youtube all day with no data caps and her payments are much cheaper than EXCEDE. There's something strange about this.
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Seems to me Customer dedicated satellites should be put up for that one purpose only. Corporations need satellites let them foot the bill. Considering how many people get their TV and internet from a dish pointed at satellites and the high premiums each customer pays it's a doable project. And I'd be willing to bet after the startup period the premiums will come down considerably. Meeh....that's if greed doesn't get in the way.

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Jeff, you can have your own dedicated personal satellite, with all the data you could possibly use. Al you would have to do is put up in excess of $60,000.00 and coordinate all the setting up the ground station, interface with the internet, the company to launch the satellite, and you would be there.
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Don Anderson Sr.

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600,000 subscribers at approx. $80/mo. is 48 million/mo. or 576 million/year/  Not bad money ..............
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You're a little light on the ViaSat revenue... it's approximately 1.4 billion per year as of the last official SEC filing. The cost of generating that revenue is approximately 980 million yielding a gross profit of approximately 430 million. Now factor in other operating expenses and income, and you're now down to approximately 43 million in earnings before interest and taxes. After that you're left with approximately 21 million.

The good news is you can share in all of this "greed" by buying stock at around $70 per share and your portion of the earnings would come out to somewhere around 43 cents per share - don't spend it all in one place. Of course you won't see any of it since they don't pay dividends, but you might be fortunate enough to find someone who'll pay more for your shares than you did. But I'll pass with a P/E ratio that's in the stratosphere.                

    
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Don Anderson Sr.

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Lots of Golden parachutes and retirement plans built in..... somebody has to pay for them in monpoly...
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benjamin

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Maybe I'll look into green light then
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It appears that Green Light ISP has a very limited service area at this time. From what I could determine from their website, the limited areas they serve are also within the service area of other land based ISPs.

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