how many mpbs, or how fast is the freedom plan. Also does the free zone start at 12am

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Dawn Haggard

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I'm on the Freedom plan and because we have what some people consider a lot of data we don't get a free zone. And as for speed it's better than dial up. But not as fast as cable..I still don't get the upload speed as was promised.
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Thanks for reply...
...I was just wondering because we had to down load a Playstation 4 Starwars game. It only took 7 GB to download and 45 minutes. Almost impressive. I heard it took anywhere from a hour to 3 hours to download this with cable Internet.
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That size on cable here in this town would have only taken about 30 mins. You're lucky about the size of that game..my son downloaded an X-Box One game that was 50 GBS..we had words LOL
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Like any ISP, ViaSat plays fast and loose with the term "speed" - all Exede plans (with the exception of Exede 5 plans) advertise up to 12 mbps down and 3 mbps down which represents bandwidth (or capacity) not speed in my opinion. On occasion I see 18-20 mbps (although increasingly rare on my beam).  The SpeedBoost option available in some areas offers 25 mbps down.

Actual speeds are largely dependent on current network conditions and a number of other factors (most outside of our control). A reasonable technical explanation (even understandable to the layman) can be found at:

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2227224/data-center/bandwidth-is-not-speed.html

In your case, you appear to have hit that download at a good time since 7GB @ 45 minutes roughly translates to the upper end of the range at 20 mbps and you'll only approach that with large sustained downloads. The truth is many activities simply don't require that type of bandwidth (or speed if preferred) although it helps. Even a aingle  HD video stream off of NetFlix is touted to only require 5 mbps but I'd stay away from Ultra HD streaming ;)   

The fact that you're on a Freedom Plan suggests you're probably on a lightly loaded beam - assuming you just recently subscribed. If not recently, check to see if it's still currently offered in your area - once it's no longer offered may be an indication that the beam is approaching it's capacity with subscriber counts. 
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