Finally went over my priority data!

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After a year on VS2 I finally exceeded my priority data, and I must say I’m very happy to report that at prime time I still had 5 mb/s download speed! And at off peak the speeds were still 50% faster then what I pay for. Antenna issues or not VS2 really is an incredible beast! PS I am on a sold out beam. My beam actually sold out 5 weeks after being opened up. This tells me that Viasat doesn’t always oversell beams like some people say.
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Spinninghorse, Champion

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What state are you in?
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Nathan Hart

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Central Virginia.
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Spinninghorse, Champion

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WHAT????  V2 has never been offered in my area of central VA.
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ExSatUser

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Nathan is on a "magic beam".  lol


Seriously, he is the only person on here that really touts Viasat-2 in a high-density beam.  I find that odd, but glad it is working for him. 
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Many people don't have a clue this forum exists. I have some neighbors and co-workers on V2 plans and they like it. Most switched over from Hughes or upgraded from Classic plans.
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ExSatUser

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Quarterly report comes out soon. Will be curious to hear what they say about residential internet.
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Spinninghorse, Champion

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I had a broadband company come out for a site assessment to use either Verizon or AT&T tower for data and he was the same person that installed my Viasat in '13. He lives about 5 miles from me and in the same boat. Our only option is VIasat (or Hughesnet) and only V1. He said those that have been able to get on V2 have great service and he said that is pretty much throughout the country. He said VA was really impacted by the V2 antenna issue and our only hope is V3 or Verizon / AT&T put up more cell towers (hell will freeze first). These plans are not offered to me (except for Silver) but for Gold, 12Mbps, $200 a month???  
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$200/month for 12Mbps? Priority data is probably small too. That is just insane.

That is more than three times what I pay for wireless with more consistent speed and more priority data. I notice those same plan levels are offered in my area now.

What did the site survey determine for you?
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Spinninghorse, Champion

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Site survey was what  I expected - no usable service from either Verizon or AT&T. AT&T was actually .26 Mbps better than Verizon - both around 1 Mbps. So I have a useless MIFI and antenna booster. Before having someone climb up on the roof for the antenna I wanted to know if it would work. 
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ExSatUser

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You mention Hughesnet. They actually have better plans and pricing than Viasat at my location.

Agreed that the unexpected problems of Viasat-2 severely curtailed its ability to serve many parts of thec country. I always go back to the Twitter posting from Viasat advertising 25Mbps nationwide. That never happened.
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fmj77

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@Spinninghorse, I'm in a similar situation. With my repeater the best speeds I can get with Verizon are around 0.5Mbps. My only hopes for better internet in the future come from Viasat 3 or one of the LEO/MEO companies.
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Spinning horse don't give up just yet , I have no cell service at my house either  , never have, however up on my ridge which I happen to own I can get a verizon signal , noticed it one day cutting wood , I could get 3 mbps on my phone, did a little research , found the best spot and built me a lte relay site , I have no power up there so I went solar , used a telecom weather proof box and put a mofi 4500 ,router ( those things are awesome ! ) and 2 nanostations  configured in a wireless bridge through about 1500 ft of trees down to my house   , I did this late January , I've tweaked it with a couple wide band yagis and get 50-70 mbps unlimited ( can be subject to prioritization ) but loving it , no issues and 65.00 a month 
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guys ditch the repeaters and get a mofi 4500 with the small paddle antenna and test with that , make sure your carries allows your sim to be put in another device i know verizon does .I  went mofi as it carries all the bands in the us and  its not tied to one vendor ,I can switch to att or tmobile if i need to by simply changing the sim I also got 2 wilson wide band yagis  . if you can find a signal somewhere and shoot it to you over the nanostations they were under a 100 dollars , 
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That's really great stuff. 
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The three plans pictured above are what I'm seeing now.  Last month it was Bronze12, Silver25 and Gold30, so things have definitely changed in my neck of the woods, and not for the better.  
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The above plans are for new customers, I do not see those except for one unlimited silver 25 Mbps. I am thinking this one is on V2?  The other 5 plans I see are all V1 and 12 Mbps.
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I'm not sure which sat I can get service from.  I would think VS2, as up until the VS2 came online I showed nothing available to me here.  With the three plans available to me all being 12Mbps now, does this suggest that the beam I would be assigned to is getting more congested?  And $200 for 65GB of up to 12Mbps service before priortization?  YIKES!!!!  That's a tad bit steep.  The previous plans, with their higher speeds and higher prioritization thresholds, made me think a little about it, as in the possibility of switching to ViaSat, but with THAT now available?  No way.   
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I highly suggest NOT using Viasat at all. I live in Golden Valley, AZ and paying $185.00 a month for Gold30 doesn't prioritize till 100 so they say. I home school but should have just stayed with the local cable company. Only paid $60 a month for really slow service but at least it worked! I have to unplug their equipment almost daily to reset it then wait 15-20 minutes to reboot then call them because phone hooked up with service so if internet goes out so does my phone! Customer service says everything looks fine on their end, I tell them because just reset it. They tell me you need to call us before I reset, I ask how can I do that if the phone doesn't work? After 5 months going round I am fed up with this crappy service!!!! Don waste your money!!!!!!!!!!
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Why in the hell would you go with satellite if you can get cable?
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ExSatUser

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Marketing selling a bill of goods.
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fmj77

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Must be some shady marketing going on in some parts of the country. In my area I've never heard of anyone who has access to cable being offered satellite as an alternative.
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ExSatUser

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Indeed there is.
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What plan are you on and how much priority data have you used for your current billing cycle?
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Hey there's Stephen! Missed you!

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Pretty good.  A speed of 5Mbps is nothing to sneeze at, especially since, for most things, you wouldn't notice much difference between 5Mbps and 50Mbps, and even further because it's unlimited.  So, again, that's pretty good.  
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Thanks Nathan!

I mean I know some folks may not have as good of a option in their location but hopefully in the near future we'll see more steady options like yours. Thank you for the update and kudos on not hitting the data limit for so long
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Agreed. I know someone asked and it would be helpful to know what plan/cost Nathan has. He is in my area (central VA) and we have two totally different experiences right now.
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I have a feeling the sweet spots aren't very large in diameter for some reason. It would be interesting to see colored dots on a map representing a person's Viasat experience. A good chunk of the people in here that bailed for other services were in Central Va. I am one of those.
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Well they never showed the map. But yes the high density spot beams don't cover large areas