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Awesome, no complaints.. Sorry some of you still are having issue!!
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Sweet Angelwings

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DAVE W4DRA

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MUCH BETTER AFTER A DISH RE-ALIGNMENT.

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Sweet Angelwings

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Viasat has never been bad for me! Got to take whatever works for you!
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Jab

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@Sweet Angelwings...Got to take whatever works for you!

Both satellite ISPs have gotten better with time, but in earlier days, "unlimited" did not exist, and speeds were much/much slower.  I've been on a 10gig plan since 2005, and here below was Wildblue's new policy for August 1, 2007

The revised policy DOES NOT CHANGE the amount of data a
subscriber may upload or download during a rolling 30-day
period.

Among the changes: as usual, a warning is emailed when a
subscriber has reached 80 percent of allotted usage. When
a subscriber has used 100 percent of the usage threshold
for the service level, that subscriber will be notified of
a violation of the FAP. WildBlue will slow speeds for
that account until the usage returns to 70 percent of the
usage threshold.

The most significant change in the policy is that WildBlue
will carefully scrutinize abusers who violate the policy
four consecutive months in a row. Rather than terminating
the customer agreement, these accounts will have the
speeds slowed and access limited to Web browsing and
email. However, WildBlue still reserves the right to
terminate a subscriber's customer agreement if repeated
FAP violations occur.

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Al Santayos

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You can count the happy customers of Viasat on one hand. A lot of the homers from just a few months ago are jumping ship.
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Jab

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@ Christine Conrad

Exede 5-10 service works fine, but 10 gigs means limited video viewing.  VS-1/VS-2 does not shine over my location, so a number of plans were never offered.

For essential needs, 10 gigs is enough for many, unless a child's education requires more via Chromebook assignments. 

In your rural location, I suspect broadband choices will be limited, but if living within seven miles of I-99, where wireless towers might have line of sight to your dwelling, this might be another option.  With many smaller communities in your area, the big boys would have no interest.

In many rural locations, bandwidth cost for an ISP is costly, so a local ISP is generally not possible with few citizens.

I'm using a wireless carrier currently, but I have not decided on cancelling Viasat.  It's a nice feature to have two ISPs, with one of them being used for watching video clips, at the time of my choosing.  Previously, I used LNFZ to watch video clips.  Watching a video like this, or like this, I normally would do it after midnight during LNFZ.
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@Jab

We have no cell service at our house. With the hills surrounding us and the distance we are from any cell towers, only satellite internet and TV is available to us.

We are on the Liberty 50GB -12 Mbps plan, so we are not really limited to what we use the internet for.
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@ Christine Conrad

West of Magdalena, NM, is the Very Large Array Radio Telescope facility, which records sky scans in digital format.  Before a 65-mile fiber link was installed in 1998, every day, a vehicle had to transport this data some sixty miles one way to Socorro, New Mexico.  Even though this fiber ran past this small town, the locals had no access to it. Needless to say, the locals were upset, but they had dialup.

Yes, your area with hilly elevations can prevent a wireless solution. bbwithdrawls
 was paying several hundred dollars each month for a DSL like connection that was built out  to his dwelling, then recently, he installed a wireless repeater on a hill, and dropped DSL (I assume), with solar panels up there to recharge battery.  Expensive yes, but very good speeds.

I've always had access to a good WISP, if I erect a 100' tower.  But, if I was in your situation, and a good wireless signal was possible, I would evaluate pros/cons.  In my case, a good tower setup for this WISP was around 3 to 5 grand

Liberty 50GB -12 Mbps is a decent sized databyte plan.  I doubt I use that much with wireless service, but I don't watch movies, just video clips.

FWIW - Those VLA dishes are shown in this video clip around 1:44 minute mark.  The night skies seen in this video are typical in outback areas in western states.
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Sorry Jab, but We are happy with our Viasat service and have  no interest in erecting any towers or relay devices just to get some other internet service. If I need to download large files, I can always download them while I am at work and transfer them to my computer after I get home.
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Jab

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Christine, James 'vowed to 'never again' play Agent 007 following the 1971 release of the tepidly received Diamonds Are Forever,' but there he was in Never Say Never Again.  And Steve Jobs suggested in this video that thinking differently can be rewarding.  Keep your options open....

Ciao
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I haven't had a gripe in a long while, except when they grab my MODEM for something when I'm into something important. That seems to be about a weekly event.