My NRTC Viasat Modem lease fee increased

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Went up $2/month. Should I blame the repeal of Net Neutrality :)????
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Posted 9 months ago

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I thought y'all didn't pay a modem lease fee.
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It is like a combination lease and service fee. Sort of like the Easycare Viasat offers. It is just lumped together and you can't separate the two.
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whats nrtc thank you
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Northland Connect is the co-op. NRTC stands for National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. They are basically the people that brought rural power to America. They are not for profit, and a reseller of Viasat Internet. Sometimes they have better plans than Viasat, sometimes they don't. Their service perhaps isn't as responsive as what Viasat can deliver, but I have been with them for over a decade so not bad.
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thank you for posting that understand nrtc now
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Blame the president. Everyone else does ;).
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Yep, everybody knows it's Obama's fault!
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Blame your NRTC member organization - I don't pay a lease fee nor is it even mentioned in my agreement.

Each member organization has some flexibility in the fees charged above and beyond NRTC's wholesale charge as best I can determine. Member organizations can be smaller organizations that require some added pricing flexibility based on their circumstances

For example, mine still bills by mail although recently did offer e-billing, all correspondence is generally by U.S.mail apparently they haven't discovered email yet so I'm hopeful my mailbox will contain an offer of Freedom this week or next ;).

In my case a flat $49.95 for Liberty currently, and prior to that $54.95 for Classic 10 - in the case of Classic 10 that was $5 higher than the standard direct price but pricing for higher plans was identical to that of direct plans (without an itemized lease fee).

Then again I don't even see a requirement to return the equipment on canceling; nor do I see the standard "equipment belongs" to company-name clause - it's basically the Viasat agreement tailored to my member organization and the state in which business is being conducted by both parties.

Regardless, out the door pricing eliminates the leased equipment debate and charges of hidden fees.   

I did pay an an install fee so perhaps it was all covered with that and explains the lack of any yearly "property tax" surcharge.          
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I don't pay the property tax thing either.

Old Labs... I would ask if Freedom is available to you. They didn't tell me it was, I just called and asked. They said sure it was! I asked twice to be doubly sure. Once I rebooted my modem, sure enough my meter now shows 150GB's, and that is a beautiful thing!
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Freedom may be the best plan to have right now.  Unlimited's need more time to "mature" before they are better.  Freedom plan is going away so be sure you are positive you want unlimited before you switch, you won't be able to switch back.
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That's correct. For the price I got it for it can't be beat. And it gives me time to play around with the video data extender to turn it off and on. I might want 1080p at times. Plus right now Silver unlimited would cost me 100% more. I would be crazy to do that.

That being said, when Viasat-2 gets settled in and I see what plans those are, then I can revisit things.