My NRTC Internet Provider announces bizarre Viasat Internet Plans

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So I heard from my NRTC provider that gives me Viasat (formerly Exede Internet).  They are announcing these plans starting in February.  They also say you do not need a new modem for these plans, so none of these plans are on Viasat-2.

They are also going to incorporate the "video data extender".  For a laughable description of the video data extender....here is the definition...WORD by WORD...

"A Video Extender sends video and audio signals farther than conventional cables without the need for expensive cabling. The Video Extender also has the ability to set all new packages to DVD quality which significantly saves on data usage."

I am not quite sure why they have the first sentence in that definition...but there you have it!

Now on the plans:

The Basic Liberty 12, with speeds up to 3Mbps after 12GB of usage

Silver 12 - Unlimited w/480p, but after 60GB of data you get deprioritized - $94.99

Gold 12 - Unlimited w/720p, but after 100GB of data you get deprioritized - $144.99

Those plans are not as good as what Viasat offers!

Then for $5 more/month you can get the newer modem that gets too hot with the built-in router .  But the data levels stay the same.

The last part of the email is pretty funny. 

"If you are on the Freedom Package it would be advisable staying there for now.  If you are planning to upgrade packages in the next couple of months, we urge you to do it now and move to the Freedom program. We can offer it to you now for $74.99 a month."

So there you have it.

Needless to say, I am dumping my NRTC internet provider and moving directly with Viasat once Viasat-2 comes online.  Unfortunately that Freedom plan is not available in my area :(.  It offers 150GB of data and 1080p video.  I would jump on that! 


 

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Posted 6 months ago

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Heh... sounds like someone did a Google search on "what is a video extender" yielding:

Maximize your signal without the need for expensive cabling. Send video and audio signals farther than conventional cables without the need for expensive cabling. Our video extenders enable you to deliver pixel-perfect video and high-quality audio to remote displays. Download our Video Extender Selection Guide.
https://www.blackbox.com/en-us/products/black-box-brand-products/video-multimedia/extenders

I read it on the Interweb so it must be true and that settles the video data extender debate I guess ;)

Sure glad I tamped down my Viasat-2 expections in terms of NRTC and wholesale channels... otherwise I'd be disappointed.

The new modem would come in handy during the winter months - not so much during the summer.
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Yea. These plans are pretty pathetic, but these are not Viasat-2 plans because a new modem, tria, and site visit are required for that. I am wondering if the NRTC is even going to sell plans off Viasat-2.

The definition of the video extender is pretty hilarious.

How they are trying to get people to jump on Freedom now before it's gone is pretty good too. Shows they are going to have to sell the new plans, but don't really think they are better than what some can get now.

I already know I am leaving the NRTC. It's just a matter of timing. I want the new modem for Viasat-2. It just won't keep you warm in the winter,
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Interesting. I wonder if the freedom plan would expand though? Don’t blame you for switching at this point. Those plans don’t appear competitive.

How do they compete like that?
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They have announced Freedom going away, but if you get in on it now you can be grandfathered and keep it.

How can they be competitive? They can't. Counting on people doing the lazy thing and not switching providers .