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

You can find out if it's available in your area, and if so, what plans are available to you,  by entering your zip code at...

https://www.viasat.com/internet

As for how well it works, I'd start a new topic here and ask.  People will likely reply to give their opinions.  

One thing to keep in mind here is that the majority of what you'll see are complaints and/or requests for help, as this is a support site.  Those who are having no issues and those who like ViaSat don't tend to post here.  Because of this, what you see here isn't necessarily indicative of how well the service works for the majority of people.  Again, it'd be best if you start a new topic and ask for opinions.  
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Correct. Best advice is ask friends and neighbors how it performs though. Just because it performs well in say central Colorado doesn't mean it will perform well in your corner of Tennessee.
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Vicki, what kind of service do you have with ATT? I know several people who have a slower DSL plan with ATT and it beats Viasat by a long shot. If you have dial up with them then I understand why it's so slow.
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When it comes to wireless internet just find out what your very close neighbors have, that is all that matters. Depending on terrain a distance of 1/4 mile can make a big difference, trees and hills are a big enemy of wireless signals. Also if you are in a fringe area anything more than a light rain or snow can cause satellite internet service to drop out.

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When it comes to wireless internet just find out what your very close neighbors have, that is all that matters. Depending on terrain a distance of 1/4 mile can make a big difference, trees and hills are a big enemy of wireless signals. Also if you are in a fringe area anything more than a light rain or snow can cause satellite internet service to drop out.

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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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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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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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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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