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Ann Ketchum Kuehnel

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  • Feeling sad that it costs me over $120 a month to have WiFi. the 150gb package is wonderful but y is it so high?

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Kathy Tracy

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higher than comcast or att  shame
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Jeff Buller

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why would anyone have exede for their internet service provider if Comcast or ATT were available to them?
Exede is for people who have no wires or cables run to their house. Hell dial up would be better than Exede, but that is not an option for us. So we are just glad to have the only internet service that is available to us. 
If you have any wired option why would you choose satellite internet?
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Kathy Tracy

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direct tv gave it to me in a package i had no idea
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Jeff Buller

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damn. 
Try your best to get the hell out of your contract and not pay any of the fees. For real. Satellite internet is no where near as good as a wired option. If you are in the city or a town you should be able to get out of your contract. 
Keep trying to reach up the ladder of exede and get out of your contract.
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Ann Ketchum Kuehnel

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I'm in the country
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Kathy, if DirecTV added this and you're were Comcast or AT&T is, I definitely want to take a look at that. Could you email me at exedelistens@viasat.com? Please include account information like the number tied to your account, what you were told by DirecTV and I can look into this for you
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Ann, Is there anything we can assist you with?  Please send an email to exedelistens@viasat.com with your account information. We're here to help.
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Greg Ward

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I also have the 150 GB/$120 a month plan and it is extremely expensive especially for a service that is 1/2 the speed of the FCC definition of Broadband (when I'm getting the maximum throughput). Also my two-year contract runs out soon and understand there is no equivalent package so to get something close it will cost about $250 per month or more. As a student in college that uses the service to stream my classes don't know what you expect me to do. :(
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Jeff Buller

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Ann Ketchum Kuehnel: In my opinion, Don't change to Hughes. And don't change your plan *yet* with exede. You might as well stick with what you have for now until prices drop.
Greg Ward: When your 2 years runs out, you stay on the exact same plan that you've been on. Only it gets cheaper because you are no longer paying equipment lease, at that point you completely own your equipment, unless you change to a different plan and they have to change your equipment. I've been on an old plan for way over two years. I'm so glad I stayed past the two year mark.
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I don't think that is true.  The modem and tria will need to be sent back if you end your service.  I also don't think the modem lease ends.
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J&J

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Jeff

When the exede contract runs out, the equipment lease continues forever until you drop the service.  The price remains the same.  The older equipment used with WildBlue is subject to not being returned.


 
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Greg, once your original 24 month contract is fulfilled you will be automatically renewed on a month by month basis. There will be no changes in your plan or your price unless you make a change to another available plan.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Just to confirm the other comments the modem is always leased. There's been options to pre-pay in advance but the modem is never owned and at this time there's not a 3rd party modem option like you see with cable and DSL (different modems, differently encoded to different services). 
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@Greg Ward,

You can look HERE for what is coming in March of this year from HughesNet or wait for ViaSat-2 to launch and then to become operational.  The ViaSat-2 will give more Internet for your money but Hughes will happen sooner.  For the next 2 months you will learn patience while you decide what to.
 
Edit: Greg, you don't need to re-new your contract with exede.  You'll be "month to month" after your contract term expires.
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I didn't miss the first one at all having been a Hughes subscriber for the last 12+ years.

As to the second link, the suit was against SSL.

SSL marketed the LS1300 buss for years.

You (Hughes) picks a company with a track record and select a product (LS1300 in this case) which is a modular design with "capacity plug-ins" to fit the mission. The more Bells & Whistles, the higher the price and the higher the launch weight.

Rivals, yes.

Bitter rivals, no

The issue was with SSL.

 

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Ann Ketchum Kuehnel

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I tried putting my address in at Hughes net but it couldn't find us. Will they buy out of my plan if they're available here?
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[ quote author = Gwalk900, Champion ]
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As to the second link, the suit was against SSL.

SSL marketed the LS1300 buss for years.

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Here's something that I definitely didn't miss:

"Carlsbad-based ViaSat won a $283 million patent and breach of contract lawsuit against Space Systems Loral in April, but now a judge has ordered a new trial on damages."

   ...with the result that ViaSat then had to settle for 100 million instead of the original 283 million.

Check this out: a jury looks at the evidence and awards 283 million in damages, and then a judge, on her own whims, decides to overrule that jury.  Trial by jury is one of our fundamental rights in this country and is written into the U.S. Constitution.  Unfortunately, this is not the first time that I have seen judges tamper with juries in this manner.
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The LS1300 buss wasn't what the suit was about.
 
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Gwalk900, Champion

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Lawyers will argue about anything and get rich while they are doing it.

There is entirely too much "butthurt" in this world. 

What I'm saying is that the LS1300 is an existing satellite platform constructed and marketed by SSL. It is a modular design that offers a base model that can be outfitted with a large variety of options that plug in that increase the capacity and function of the satellite to help meet the customers mission.

This is commercially available off-the-shelf equipment, 

From Wikipedia:


The SSL 1300, previously the LS-1300 and the FS-1300, is a satellite bus produced by SSL (company). Total broadcast power ranges from 5 to 25 kW, and the platform can accommodate from 12 to 150 transponders. The SSL 1300 is a modular platform and SSL no longer reports designators for sub-versions, such as: 1300E, 1300HL, 1300S, 1300X.[2]

First available in the late 1980s, the SSL 1300 platform underwent revision multiple times over its design life, all the while remaining a popular communications platform.[3] The earliest models provided 5,000 RF watts of transmitter power, weighed 5,500 kg, and required a 4-meter diameter launch fairing. Newer models provide double that, approximately 10,000 RF watts of transmitter power, weigh 6,700 kg, and require a 5-meter diameter launch fairing.[4]

SSL stated that they would use electric propulsion for North-South station keeping for the first time on the MBSat in 2004. The subsystem was supplied by International Space Technologies Inc and used Fakel's Hall thrusters and American and European propellant supply and electronics.[5] According to Moog-ISP, the SSL 1300 platform uses its bipropellant thrusters.[6]

In September 2015 SSL announced that it had delivered 100 satellites based on the SSL 1300 platform. There are more SSL 1300's currently providing service on orbit than any other model communications satellite.[7]