Evolution plan availability

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Why isn't the Evolution plan listed as an option here in Western Massachusetts? Kids tend to use up our GB watching videos, etc. But my wife needs basic Internet access for work. It would be ideal (only the freedom plan would be better - why we can't get that is another story altogether.) Any thoughts? Since it's not an option on the website does that make it certain we can't get Evolution?
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Dan Cook

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The evolution like the freedom plan are only an option in select areas/ beams.  I'm in western NC on beam 335 and the only plans I have seen available to me are the classic plans.  The plans all have to do with the population of the area and how much of that population has access to normal terrestrial based internet service.  Exede just launched the new website and design so I'm guessing if its not on the site then you have no other choice then the classic plans.  You will have to hang in there till next year when the new bird in put in service and see what happens then with our data plans.
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I suppose you're right. I am just so tired of not having internet access for half the month (and no detail regarding what we used the data for)
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Dan, I use  satellite restriction tracking service and with their paid subscription their server polls my account at 15 minute intervals.  The report generated shows when the data was used, but does not tell me what type of data.  An added plus is that I can monitor the exede usage at home with my work computer.  Armed with this information I can usually figure out who was using the data and then make an educated guess as to what was going on....seems there is always a large spike around the time the school bus returns the teenager.
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There was another one that I think it was Steve had mentioned that was independent. I know they have talked about the asus routers that have the usage meter built in but thought there was another program that tracked it per computer and didn't pull the count from exede.
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Here is a list of 5 free data monitoring programs. I like Networx, others prefer the BitMeter2. 
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send exedelistens@viasat.com an email and they can go over your data with you to some detail to try and help you manage it better.
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Hello Dan, as of now, there is not a specific time as to when the "Freedom" package will be obtainable widely. This package is only offered in particular regions according to the availability. Rest assure we are constantly looking to improve service for all our customers. I’m sure we will have additional packages in your region sometime in the near future. You’re more than welcome to
check http://www.exede.com/ for updates to new packages with in your area. If we can further assist with any account questions or concerns please feel free to us an email at exedelistens@viasat.com. Thank you.   
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This might be  radical solution, but if your wife needs the internet for work you could stop your kids from watching videos.
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Watch out too for the school homework that involves logging onto their student account.  The latest homework involves a google slide presentation, and accessing the files used a bucket load of data, at least .5gb, and this has been going on for a couple of days.  The slides contain videos, and that data moves back an forth...if I am not mistaken. 
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Yes, the school expects the kids to have decent internet at home for many reasons. That's where all the research is done these days. Homework is downloaded, completed, then uploaded. 

Easier said than done re: stopping the kids from watching videos. We're not perfect parents, but we try. 

As the world moves more and more toward needing internet access, I get more and more annoyed at our lack of it (once we go over our limit which is always sooner than we can possibly believe.)
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I also live in western Massachusetts, and my location cannot get DSL from the phone company...parts of town can, but not our street.  I received a postcard asking if I wanted DSL 20 years ago, so I guess they need more time.  My "copper" cable pair gave me 26,600 speed on AOL dial-up and used it until 2006...then onto WildBlue, now Exede.  Every service I have or had: phone, cellphone, satellite TV, and satellite internet has some sort of shortcoming compared to others with the exact same service.  Even if the Freedom package was available it is not true unlimited internet, and it is very expensive, sure 150GB sounds like a lot, but my 10GB, is gone well before the month's end. Presently we do not do video downloads, instant video, youtube, or video streaming.  We do not do music streaming,  facebook, or online gaming. The xBox does not connect to xBox Live. Our internet budget is cut to the bone, and I cannot imagine that 150GB would go very far if we let loose and acted like normal internet users.  Probably sounds familiar to you, too.

  By the way, I have the 10GB Evolution package.
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