For those of you on satellite internet...

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Good luck this month. You are going to need it. 'Tis the Season!

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Posted 2 months ago

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Spinninghorse VS1/B329/Freedom, Champion

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So us rural folk are living back in the 2013 - 2015 broadband days.
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Homeskillet

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I thought the second coming of Robin got japped, how did they get off another post?
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Admiral Korbohuta

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If I had another option other than Hughes or Viasat I would've cancelled satellite long ago. The funny thing is that thanks to the 3 hour freezone I'm using more data per month than I did on Freedom.
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ExSatUser

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Free zone is a good thing. Should have never given it up. But then the false promise of 150GB months got me too.

Too bad a company didnt deliver what they had promised to do.
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If I had another option other than Hughes or Viasat I would've cancelled satellite long ago. 
I've no doubt that we all feel the same way.  
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ExSatUser

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LOL
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Homeskillet

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Those 70 MPH winds you had when all through the USA there were no winds above 25 MPH? You are nothing but a LIAR. Get a life. Quite humorous how the threads you start are closed yet you still exist.

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ExSatUser

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It amazes me how much they are estimating the average household uses now!
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Voyager

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Doesn’t amaze me at all. I can use 6 GB a day without even breaking a sweat. What amazes me is that Viasat still considers data caps in the 12 - 100 GB range anything other than laughable.
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ExSatUser

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When Viasat-1 came online, the one plan was 7.5GB/month with no free zone. Think about that!
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Homeskillet

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I still survive on 15 GB a month on red wireless. When I go over which I usually do late in the month the 600 Kbps throttled speed is still good enough to listen to internet radio and you tube music. Websites with high security are a little slow, but still work.
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haha Tracfone was my first cell. No apps then, it was all about playing the snake game and changing out faceplates. I guess the latter is still true somewhat but I'm content with a "I believe" Yeti sticker slapped on mine. 

Reeling back to the overall conversation...that's pretty par for the course this time of year. One can argue when Disney+ launched it gave a headstart.  I'd encourage setting device resolutions and maybe looking up usage if Santa or Krampus brings a smart home device (some are MASSIVE drainers).
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Homeskillet

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But stuff does become obsolete or too expensive to maintain.


I am starting to phase out the old stuff as my closet full of spare "vintage" computer parts is becoming depleted. I was using floppys to transfer files between computers up to a year ago. The computer controlled machines I operate run off of text files as they have for decades, if the control is manufactured from the same company a program that will operate a machine built in the early 80's will function in a machine built in 2019.
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Admiral Korbohuta

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I haven't used a floppy in 15 years. Why would you use storage media that is so obsolete?
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Homeskillet

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I had a machine that was run off software stored on floppys, it had a floppy drive built into it. It was the 1980's version of old computer driven machines that ran off of looped punch tapes. The manufacture of the machine was long since out of business and it was rare. The thing finally became impossible to repair  as I ran out of spare parts I cannibalized off a twin machine I had bought with it. So that ended my need for floppys when I hauled it to the scrap yard.
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I had a cell phone back in the mid/late 90s.  A Motorola TeleTac 200.  I got a Sprint phone in 2001, but after the commitment I closed the account as I never really used it, and $60 per month for something I wasn't using seemed ludicrous.  

My first TracFone was a Samsung S150G, which was $9 at Walmart.  My current one is an LG Premier LTE.  It's not a bells and whistles phone, but it's enough for me.  I use it more for playing Candy Crush than anything else.  LOL.  
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ExSatUser

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Will be interesting to see how slow primetime will get in the next couple weeks. Many of us old timers remember awful speeds a few years ago in December.
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Spinninghorse VS1/B329/Freedom, Champion

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Right? Didn't those big promises of what Viasat-2 would do for us follow that?  LOL  Good times.
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ExSatUser

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In fairness to Viasat, Viasat-2 had serious issues that prevented it from reaching its full potential. For much of the country, Viasat-2 has done nothing.
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Bradley

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Those issues, other than citing some antenna failures, were never fully disclosed to my knowledge. An insurance settlement was reached and then silence since. At one point they were going to try and reboot (I’m sure it’s more technical than that), but like I said...silence.
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ExSatUser

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They did get $185 million or so in a settlement.

But now it is on to Mexico.

Viva la Viasat!
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joan arquette

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They internet suck so bad it
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Terry Hill

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Doing good this season with speeds but not with Viasat now I have moved on.
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I'm not saying everyone is getting the speed I am or should be happy with Viasat. What I am saying is I don't believe the majority of customers are unhappy. Just that most of the happy customers don't comment on this forum. Usually if they do the unhappy customer cut them to shreds.
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Bradley

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Only an old man with 3 cats could truly be satisfied with satellite internet.
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GabeU, Champion

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I only have one cat and am not yet 50, but I'm satisfied with my satellite internet.  Sure, I would rather have something better, but it works well enough for me, and with having it for fifteen years I can easily use it within its means, not expecting it to be something it's not.
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Bradley

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Lol. But that “I’d like to have something better” signals not completely satisfied. I get it. I got by for years. Thriving beats surviving. I think options will change in a year or so. Hang in there.
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You can still get 3 cats even though you're only 50 - I won't hold your youth and inexperience against you.
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ExSatUser

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I was talking to my local co-op board member and didnt like what I heard. Satellite internet providers (I am sure Viasat is one of them) is telling co-ops not to invest in internet infrastructure because in 3 years it will be obsolete due to what satellite internet is going to deliver. Sad.
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I have heard that also. Anyone who thinks any satellite system is going to obsolete optical fiber is living in a fantasy world.
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ExSatUser

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Yes. But to the layman it all sounds good. And you know Viasat is using propaganda to the fullest to try and deter the expansion of fiber in rural America
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Bradley

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Sad indeed.
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Voyager

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True, but board member have an obligation to educate themselves beyond the layman level. The good thing is that the NRECA is finally getting onboard and that will help a lot as many boards who aren't’ willing to learn and think for themselves will follow what the NRECA says.
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Pretty sure the reference is to LEO satellite constellations not GEO - even then debatable but doubt it's Viasat deterring fiber expansion - their sights are turned elsewhere away from residential internet services. We'll know soon enough, but let me put it this way... I'm not looking for anybody to pull fiber to my door step regardless of whether it's subsidized or not - it's not a good financial decision. But if somebody wants to do that and offer me unlimited at $79 per month, I'll be glad to sign up.

As Belichick might say... we're on to Viasat-4

https://spacenews.com/viasat-starts-viasat-4-development-mulls-hybrid-geo-leo-terrestrial-connections/
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