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 Has anyone else seen the article in regards to ViaSat  receiving around 82 million to improve on services in rural areas? Hopefully ,some improvement in the near future!
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That is called extra profit for Viasat. The only way Viasat can improve their service is to launch another satellite and $82 million ain’t going to make that happen.
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Might as well flush the money down the toilet.
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ExSatUser

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Here is how this works. Viasat takes money for select areas of the country. They offer certain plans to those zip codes nobody else can get. Nothing goes to infrastructure improvements
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its At&T
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Okay. Not "true" 5G with that range. More like 4G LTE plus.

Not all 5G is created equal, because each carrier is using their own tech strategy in 5G deployment. Think of it as "unlimited" which really isn't but they all say it.

Still, you will benefit and see faster speeds regardless.

Now, will we get some LEO going in 2020?
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Yeah Faster speeds for sure, My Plan is unlimited but of course may slow if tower is congested! I will be happy with a stable 25 down to run 3 tv's But of course sometimes it will be faster than that and sometimes slower!
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You won’t get 5G at 2.5 miles. You won’t get 5G at 0.5 miles in most cases. 5G is generally good for a couple hundred meters at best.
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Voyager Well it may be 4G LTE Plus I dont know But I was reading about 5G for rural areas and here is a little of what it said: The multi-gigabit speeds and massive capacity you hear about with 5G is by and large an urban phenomenon, driven by the huge bandwidths of millimeter-wave spectrum, which doesn't travel very far. Rural areas will get a form of 5G called "low-band" or "sub-6" 5G, which will have less capacity but still have extremely low latency and be able to work with massive networks of industrial sensors. So I dont know they say the new tower will have 5G capabilities But it must be a different form something a little better then 4G I guess! I dont know!
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I agree with the others. At most this will have them offering free installation for those in the areas(that's how I got free installation 9 yrs ago was with the rural grant, I think it took $10 off my bill every month for like a year also but can't remember) I'm thankful my electric co-op decided to do fiber and that after 2 yrs since they announced they were thinking about it I'm in my first few weeks of enjoying it at my home.
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I can’t imagine using 1 TB a month, but I certainly could use half that without having trying too hard.
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Bradley

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Once you cut the cord, data gets burned pretty rapidly.
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Admiral Korbohuta

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1TB is nothing for those with seedboxes that are running 24/7/365.
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ExSatUser

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Seed box? What are we growing?
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Admiral Korbohuta

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Millions of torrents of course.
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So here is the answer. And of course as we talked about it does nothing to improve the existing infrastructure....

https://arstechnica.com/information-t...

So if you live in an impacted area, enjoy better Viasat service subsidized by the government.
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I know right? I missed out on a chance to snag a chicken tender shaped like a manatee due to latency and insufficient data to regularly visit Facebook. 

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/manatee-shaped-chicken-tender-for-sale-for-5000-on-facebook-must-see-to-appreciate
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Cable internet 2002? I would guess that was around 5 Mbps while paying for 15 Mbps and I don't think they used the phrase "up to".
Actually, about 1.5Mbps, as I was a fairly good line distance from the base.  It was amazing in comparison, though.  
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I lost quite a few eBay bids back in the day trying to bid last second.
Amazingly, the only bidding war I got into with someone on ebay since I've had sat internet was for a computer game, and I actually won it.  I thought for sure I would lose it because of the delay, but nope.  And all for a sub $2 game.  I think it came to $1.46 or something like that.  "MDK2" was the game.  

I haven't purchased or sold anything on ebay in well over ten years.  
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Good luck getting an Amazon lightning deal that is in high demand.
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Admiral Korbohuta

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Starlink launching 60 more satellites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UqxOvAKeuM