Unlimited 25 speeds

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In the screenshot linked above, you will see my speeds for the Unlimited 25mbps plan which i got hooked up around an hour ago.  With about 140GB of priority data remaining I find it a bit odd i am not getting even half of the 25mbps speed.  So far I haven't had any real issue with it, cause my 480p video is loading without issue, but I just wanted to let this be known to all whom it may concern. 
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Marika

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Bradley

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Just finished with mine. 16.86Mbps down and 3.69 up.
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Well that is double my highest speed then, guess my beam is more congested than I thought it'd be.  With Liberty 12, when I had data it went a little bit over the advertised speed often, so this is a tad disappointing, but I can still watch my videos, so *shrug*.
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Thanks for posting your speeds. I’m waiting on my new modem so we’ll see how it goes on this side.
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The unlimited begins at 8pm on the 18th.
Prior is 150 capped plan.
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Marika

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http://prntscr.com/gz7abq

Something I noticed, i was told I would have 140GB leftover for this month after my prior plan's 10GB of usage was removed, so why does it say I've used nearly 97GB?
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Did you go over on your 10 GB plan, if so that may be your total usage for the month so far.
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Marika

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Yeah that is more than likely the case, cause yeah i ofc went over the measly 10GB given, i was just told it would be 140GB remaining, so i thought they weren't going to count the non-priority data used.  Either way *shrug*
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James Irvin

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Mine is like that too, Marika. ???

The below is a (granted, three a.m.) speed test:
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Marika

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I have yet to test my speed at 3 AM, so test yours at like 3 PM or so like I did to see if they are more similar.
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Well that is double my highest speed then, guess my beam is more congested than I thought it'd be.  With Liberty 12, when I had data it went a little bit over the advertised speed often, so this is a tad disappointing, but I can still watch my videos, so *shrug*.
And that's the only reliable speed test that can be used... can you do what you want to do at the time you want to?

While higher "speed" is great for file downloads it's not necessary - one can always wait for a download to complete rather than sitting there and watching a progress bar chug along...

Streaming 4K video is simply not practical due to capacity restraints on satellite (not to mention data constraints).

ISP speeds (technically bandwidth but ISPs and others like to conflate the two) are always "up to" and are for the most part a marketing ploy against the competition. In truth, most don't or won't need 25 Mbps for typical internet activities but there are exceptions. 

The FCC publishes some guidelines regarding minimum required speeds at:

https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/guides/broadband-speed-guide

Outside of some rather nebulous student and telecommuting claims, there are few activities actually requiring 25 Mbps - note those are per user figures and should be used to interpolate the speeds actually required for a multi-user (or multi-device) household since Exede's bandwidth is doled out on a household/account basis. Some of those activities aren't improved with higher bandwidth beyond what's stated except in a multi user environment. For example, 25 Mbps will have little if any impact on your browsing experience (except on poorly designed web sites that abuse your data to begin with). Just as you probably won't notice the difference on videos, so too you probably won't notice the "speed" difference on properly designed web sites.    

IMHO, speed tests place too much emphasis is place on speed and not enough on capacity while conflating the two  - throttling videos as is done on the unlimited plans is managing overall capacity better. At the same time speed tests only gauge the sustained download experience. 

Not defending ViaSat's network management policies - just being realistic here.

Believe it or not some of us early adopters of Exede back in the day suggested that 12 Mbps was too much for most activities and it would be nice to have lower speed tiers and choice based on household requirements and provided ViaSat could refrain from overselling the service - those making the argument recognized that unruly web sites would simply abuse the extra capacity to push more unwanted stuff on us (sure enough they did leading to various data conservation measures on our parts - ad blocking, flash blocking, HTML5 video blocking, turning off updates, disabling java script on selected abusive sites, and so on).       
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What's with the essay when I said it was only a bit disappointing?
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I understand all of what you said, I just said i was a bit disappointing that I don't get speeds even half of what it said it goes up to, it has dropped below 1mbps more than once as well, so I would also like a bit more consistency.  I am not trying to stream 4K because 1: I can't because the videos are "optimized" to 480p and even if I could, I wouldn't cause 4K burns through data insanely fast. 
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Old Labs (VS1-329)

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It's more complicated than 140 character sound bites ;) Not criticizing you, it's for the benefit of others similarly disappointed.
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Marika

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Ah alright.
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ive gots the unlimited gold one 30mbps... also mine is like 16mbps upload and the download is like 3mbps to 4mbps download :3