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How many customers will have to leave my beam on viasat 1 in order for me not to be throttled after 150gb below 1mbps in the evening time once viasat2 comes out? Trying to decide if I wanna stay on viasat1 or go to viasat2! I have the silver unlimited plan and Im really happy with it except when I go over 150 it sucks for me in the evening time when I wanna watch videos and stuff!
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mferner

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Posted 10 months ago

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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Hey mferner!

Great questions!  I don't have any solid answers.  Wait and see what plans are available in your area when VS2 launches, and go from there!  
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mferner

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I will do that Matt! I will say this the first month I had the silver plan I wasnt throttled till after 180GB than the last 2 months right when I hit 150GB Im slowed down in the evening when Beam is congested! So I will wait and see Im throttled now until Wednesday in the evenings! 
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Ben Jumper

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OH? WE get to decide it we WANT to switch? I (probably wrongly) assumed that everyone was being moved to faster better service but I guess that depends if they want to pay the piper?
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steve heller

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Will it be possible to tell in advance if the repoint is likely to be feasible without calling someone out to look at it?
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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The best I can offer right now is that VS2 will be lower and further east that VS1.  There are sites that will give your the elevation and azimuth of any satellite from your location, but I don't know if any of them have updated with VS2.
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Michael McDowell

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I believe Viasat-2 is at about 70 deg W and Viasat-1 is a 115 deg W. So, about 45 deg to the left if you are behind the dish. You can find Azimuth and elevation at www.Dishpointer.com. My elevation is actually a bit higher for Viasat-2 45 deg than viasat-1 40 deg ,in Waynesboro, Tn. 38485.  They don't have the information in there yet for Viasat-2 so just pick the existing satellite at that location (70 deg W) to do your estimating!
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Michael, 

I must have missed VS2 on that site.
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Michael McDowell

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Last I looked, Viasat-2 isn't listed. But, there is a sat listed at the 70W location that is close enough to use for a good estimate of Azimuth and Elevation. 
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mferner

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Yes you can stay on viasat1 or you can call and get viasat2 installed! if they have plans with pricing you like go for it! I will prolly stay on viasat1 for a month or 2 and if Im still get slowed way down after 150 I will switch
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Viasat-2 will require a new modem, tria, and dish repointing. Figure the way to get moved will be to select a plan $$$$$ that will be supported by 2 as not all new plans will be available on 1, IMHO.
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For some people, switching to Viasat2 may not be practical, or even possible. Because of the location in the sky, the viewing angle will be lower in the sky, especially for those in the southwest. For others, like me, geographical obstructions may not allow Viasat2 to be within the line of sight required. I have never seen the need for speeds higher than I am getting on the 12 Mbps plans, so I see no reason to switch, even if it were possible. Either way, transferring some subscribers from VS1 to VS2 will relieve much of the congestion on VS1 and improve the Viasat internet experience for everyone.
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You are correct Steve. Because the location of Viasat-2 is significantly different than Viasat-1, is it not a given everyone will have a line of sight to Viasat-2.
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James E Besser

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how about western wisconsin
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Probably will be able to tell when plans come out whether a ton of people will immediately want to switch. If plans on ViaSat 2 aren’t substantially better, it will take months of churn to improve existing service on congested beams. This is assuming most new subscribers won’t have a choice.