do I need a landline for uploads or does this work purely through a satellite link:

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I live about a 1/2 mile from the highway and phone cable. I don't have a landline since I'm not going to install that long of a line. Do I need a landline for satellite internet? I've heard you need one for uploads.
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Gordon Betts

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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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In the late 90's it was needed, but no you do not need a landline now.
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Bradley

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This man is correct. Phone lines are so 1980’s....unless dsl expands. Then I’ll reconnect. I promise ATT.
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Mike Hopson

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Nope! Nothing needed but a clear view of the sky to southwest! Everything comes  and goes to and from satellite in sky. 
Dish Network TV wants phone connection for some of their services but not Viasat.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Gordon, The members of this forum are correct.  You do not need a landline for satellite internet.  Here is some information about Viasat.
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Stephen Rice

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Them phone lines reminds me of the good old days when I used to install one-way cable internet.  The internet was fun back then and you had to have a little knowledge to use it.  

My oh my, things have changed.  My mom doesn't even know how to turn on a computer, yet she uses the internet every day on a device that fits in her pocket, an iPhone.
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Stephen Rice

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Here's some advice though.  Wait until early next year before you sign up for Viasat internet service.  Viasat 2 is about to go live and you will have better plans and faster speeds than what is currently available.

If you sign up today, you will be using slightly older technology.  There is nothing wrong with Viasat 1, but in some areas it is very congested and slow, hence the complaints you read about on this forum.

Viasat 2 is a fresh new bird with plenty of bandwidth.  
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Agree 110%. Too close now to the new service to be hoping on 6 year old technology. You want an iPhone 3 or an iPhone X?
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Can I ask why everyone assumes they are going to have a choice on which sat. they can go to?
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Stephen Rice

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I have a feeling new subscribers and people on the worst beams are going to get priority for the new bird.

Its all about managing traffic really. Viasat is going to be the one calling the shots.

Yes, Viasat 1 is older technology, but once it's traffic is properly managed it will be extremely compatible to Viasat 2.
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Agree.  I think people are kidding themselves if they think they can go to VS2 from VS1 just because they want to.
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Some plans will only be available on Viasat-2, as Viasat-1 does have the same capability. If you select the right plan (and perhaps pay a premium for that plan), you will be on Viasat-2.
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