Switching from old to new plans switches satellites?

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We have subscribed for many years to an Exede (now Viasat) plan called Freedom 12 that promised download speeds "up to" 12 Mbps. Initially it did reach 12 Mbps, but lately it has been ~4Mbps during the day (fine) and 0.5 Mbps in the evening (unusable). There must be too many subscribers using the satellite? (We are in California, and the fact that speeds shot up to 12 Mbps during the recent California power outages supports this). For new subscribers, the website list as available plans a "silver 25" and "gold 30" that offer speeds up to 25 and 30 Mbps. Is this a newer satellite? Would switching to these plans resolve the problem with limited speeds on the older satellite? What actual download speeds are people seeing with the newer Viasat plans? Thank you.
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Being on the Freedom plan Viasat ia going to slow you down at any time for any reason. They don't want people on Freedom plans anymore. Will you get better speeds if you switch plans? Most likely. But you will also most likely pay more and get less priority data. After you are out of priority data, all bets are off on how good of speeds you will get.