How does Viasat set prices?

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If I go to the Viasat website and enter 87123 (Albq, NM0 and search for plans, I find a range of unlimited data plans, starting with Bronze 25 for $70/month (3 month teaser at $50), with 35 or 40GB of data before prioritization sets in  (I say 35 or 40GB, because different places on the website give different numbers). If instead I put in 87027 (rural NM, 100 miles NW of Albq, no alternatives to satellite internet, same beam 82 on viasat 1), I get Bronze 12 for $100/month (with three month teaser at $70). 

Let's see if I've got this right. Lower speed service, more money. Same satellite (at least it the satellite reaches both places). I guess it's what the market will bear.

Anything technical that would prevent a  "friendly installer" from installing in 87027 but listing the service address as 87123?
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Prices are varied by location/beam based on how full the area is and what plans can be offered. The plans and prices are determined by marketing. 
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Will Seemore

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Cellular alternatives are hit and miss here also In Central Va, just like satellite. You can travel 2 miles and go from a 5 bar signal to 0-1.
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NewMexicoMountains

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Nothing hit or miss about it here. Just plain miss. No signal for 20-30 miles at a stretch, and that's along the highway. Leave the highway and it it's an RF desert.
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There will always be certain areas of the country where people will be off the grid so to speak. I mean there are many people that have to provide their own power even.
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NewMexicoMountains

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Doing that too. Power or wired communication would require paying to string around 5 miles of wire across the national forest, which wouldn't give a permit even if I asked.
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Where is Tesla when you need him! I am talking about the man not the car BTW. Lol
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As I noted in the original message - it's the same beam, so it presumably has the same degree of "fullness", and at least from a technical perspective can support the same plans. About all that leaves it that the Viasat/Hughesnet duopoly is using it's position squeeze rural customers for extra bucks. It's not like providing the service there costs anymore. It's that there's no competition.
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NewMexicoMountains In regards to your no cellular service available where you live, if your phone supports WiFi Calling you can make & receive cell calls thru your internet.
And the closest VS2 Small Beam (lower price) to you barely hits Los Alamos, zero chase you could get a signal in your zipcode.

You should be able to get VS2 on a Large Beam but is stupid ridiculous & crazy expensive.

Casual Observer Beam 82 which is an augmented beam from the original WB bird, paints top half of NM and down to Silver City

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Oh, great. Another way to burn through expensive data :-)
Actually the house sits on the one place for miles around where, with a 3W amplifier and Yagi, I can get a couple of bars of signal. Without that, nothing.
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Sounds like you can get wireless then.
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NewMexicoMountains

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voice, yes, data, no. I tried a $1000 LTE booster (and larger Yagi), but still couldn't catch the signal. On the odd occasion I can get 3G, but it's not reliable and obviously it's slow.
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So NM you have a booster that gets you cell signal? Where I am at my phone is usually 1-3 bars (varies in the same spot) and I can get wireless through either ATT or Verizon. I have ATT my neighbor has Verizon. The hotspots supposedly have a stronger antenna than a cell phone. I even drop calls from time to time,but the internet never drops.