Exede Liberty vs Local Wireless ISP

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I currently have dishNET and it sucks once data is used up, there is a local ISP in my area Air Advantage that has wireless but I don't know of the speeds are the best, I was curious how fast the Liberty pass was and if there were any speedtest.net results. Thanks!
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It really varies by beam. On the most congested beams speeds are not as good as on less congested beams.

If there are no problems and, I've still go Priority Data, I see speeds like this.

If it's stormy but, not bad enough to cut off my connection, I see speeds around 9Mbps, and when my beam is really busy as slow as 3Mbps. I've never ran out of Priority data so, don't know what Pass speeds will be like for me if I ever do have to use it but, before I switched to Liberty, even when I was out of data on Classic, I still had 0.75 to 1.5 Mbps so, okay for surfing but not for much else.

Other beams are sometimes seeing below 1Mbs on Priority and, worse, unusable when on Pass Data but, I think that was/in an internal issue that is  being worked on, or had just recently been corrected.

As for the Wireless provider, I would ask around town about them. We have one here but, it drops out a lot and, if you get them , you have to get their phone service as well but, it drops out so much that people are cancelling because they are afraid they wouldn't be able to call 911 if the needed to, it's down that much.
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Liberty pass speeds for me average around 2Mbs, but as mentioned, speeds vary by beam. Plenty for streaming video to one device and simple web browsing. 
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And here is a test from Beam 329 in Virginia which is one of the more congested beams.  This speed is typical of a mid-morning weekday uncapped speed for me.  Last month Liberty Pass was unusable during the evening primetime, but I am seeing reports that this has been fixed.
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Bev's recommendation to ask around about the WISP provider is a good idea.  At our other place where we are going to move back to next year we have an outstanding WISP provider on all fronts.  They deliver top notch service, also are on the spot if there are problems, no long ago they contacted me saying our signal looked poor on their end and they wanted to come out and check the equipment, turns out it is tree trimming needing to be done but their tech even walked around and looked at trees and helped make suggestions and also offered a way to consider connecting to another tower if we needed to.  Unfortunately that level of service is rare in this day and age.  That being said, if the WISP provider offers good speed and service they are probably the better choice long term depending on which beam  you are in for Exede.  But also keep in mind Exede is planning another satellite launch which will increase their capacity as well.  Liberty has been a huge improvement in Internet for us and we've been happy with it,  but it's still no contest between Exede and Northwest Communications when we move back up to their area on which internet we will use.
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Lost connection for about 10 min just a short while ago, but I'm now back on line with speed of 16....I don't expect it to last, as the worst is yet to come (Colin has hit, and my county is one of the ones in state of emergency.)   I do believe that it depends on the beam that you are on.  Thankfully, most of the folks around here seem to love Hughey!