Starband/Gilat

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You think this is bad- “ why, I remember, ya whippersnappers...”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarBand

I was one of the original users and was with them for years and years.
Times have changed.
Great user base.
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James Irvin

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BBwithdrawls

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you forgot the part of where you had to walk six miles up a hill both ways in 6ft of snow to use the satellite internet :)
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James Irvin

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haaaa!!!
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Bradley

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Don’t recall that company, but looks like they offered the same speeds Wildblue offered originally. Satellite is like living 5 years in the past currently. Back then it sure beat dialup though.
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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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Starband. That's nothing. I was one of the first satellite internet users in the country with Direcpc. Local dial-up had only arrived at my location less than a year before.

We had "Unlimited" internet at the start because nobody was really using the internet at that point We are talking Prodigy and American Online here.
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steve heller

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One of the first satellite internet users?

That's nothing. My first online connection was at 110 baud over a dial-up line!
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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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Starband. That's nothing. I was one of the first satellite internet users in the country with Direcpc. Local dial-up had only arrived at my location less than a year before.

We had "Unlimited" internet at the start because nobody was really using the internet at that point We are talking Prodigy and American Online here.
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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Ya'll sound like Monty Python in the 'Four Yorkshiremen' skit! http://www.montypython.net/scripts/4york.php
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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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Yes one of the first SATELLITE internet users. But I didn't invent the internet. That was Al Gore! (allegedly)
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Dan White

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My first internet experience was about 1982 with my trusty old Commodore 64 with a 1200 baud dial up modem using Q-Link as a web provider.  It took about 10 to 15 seconds for each scan line of a photo to appear but was still fun to get online.  
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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That makes the AOL pterodactyl screech I grew up with not sound so bad....or getting booted off when someone picked up the phone
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Stephen Rice, Champion

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Ya'll are a bunch of old farts.  My first online experience was with a 2400 baud modem that signed onto the DOS based version of Prodigy for $13 a month.  It would take several days for an "e-mail" to reach its recipient on the Prodigy network.

I also messed with bulletin board systems and even a DOS internet provider back in the day.  People think I'm crazy for saying this, but computers were a lot more fun back then.

Exede is horrible to us.  They should offer us a DOS based version of the Exede for $13 a month and make it unlimited!
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You know it is funny. Prodigy. AOL. All gone. But sometime around the time of those businesses a little startup that sold books online called Amazon had begun. That was my 2nd investment mistake. My first was in 1987 when somebody told me to invest in a little company called Microsoft. And of course I struck out by thinking Apple was dead before rising from the ashes to become a tech giant a 2nd time.
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Stephen Rice, Champion

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Books?  I remember when software used to come with those.  
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James Irvin

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Bev, Champion

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Now can we make DTV run through that Viasat dish out there, and not use Viasat data for TV - that's antenna cutting. :)
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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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One pesky little problem. We don't have one big satellite up there the size of the moon to handle all our needs!
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Bev, Champion

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Well what are we waiting for, lets get to satellite building. LOL
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Stephen Rice, Champion

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I can see into the future.  Exede is about to start offering unlimited HD video with all plans.  The only catch is you have to let one of their techs mount a UHF antenna on your roof and run a wire to your TV.  You also have to pay for the antenna, wire, and the service call.  The TV and remote isn't included either but once you've paid for the equipment and install, Exede guarantees unlimited HD video for life.
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Old Labs

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If it were the size of the moon it would likely need to be in the same orbit as the moon  - if you think latency is bad now... but coverage areas would be greatly exapnded - so we've got that going for us - gunga galunga ;)
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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LOL