Update on my decision

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Went with cable :(!
Ok afrer the months of deciding I went with a year commitment with comcast cable....after dealing with them they installed the cable to my house without chare and it took 4 hours since im in an old neighborhood. Got 200 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up package for 69.99 a month plus free install so no way I could turn that down.

Just got it installed today and dang...250 down and 15 up is the normal.

I hope to return to what exede has to offer in a year....I just could not commit to 2 years with current offerings

No flame war and I think exede is excellent...just saying what worked best for me
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I'm confused, so you have amazing cable service for a relatively cheap price and iirc comcast gives 1TB of data standard and has an option for true unlimited for $50 more a month.  Yet, you want to return to a service that will give you less for more? Exede is just fine for people who have no other options such as me, so I'm not hating on them, but if I had service like you described the thought of going back to Exede would never cross my mind.
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Yes I hope to revisit exede in the future and switch
My goal was not to go with cable but at the current time exede just could not offer me an affordable monthly price
Hope once viasat 2 is working for a couple years then maybe I can switch
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:::scratching head:::  Who would go with satellite if there was a cable option. I have had a satellite ISP since 2001. It is the only option where I am. Not even close to a cell tower
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Yeah it's perplexing. Not only does he have a cable option, but he has an amazing one.  So, why would he want to go to a service that would charge significantly more for significantly less? 
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I know it doesn't make sense
I will revisit exede in a year from now and make a decision
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Makes no sense to me to want to get Exede when you have an amazing ISP, great speeds, unlimited data and latency of less than 25 mb. Satellite has a latency of 650 ms on average, which can limit what you want to do with your internet, and causes some connection problems from time to time.

I have no choice, but if cable ever became available, I would get it in a heartbeat.
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Steve
Thanks for the feedback it is much appreciated
I will wait out the year with cable and view my options again :)
Thanks for being honest in your replies
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I know I sound weird
Just want to cut the land line ties but excede just isn't there yet... maybe in a year they will be and I can reinvestigate
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I think the reason why satellite would be the next to last option is the latency issue. Not sure how that will be overcome
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Sprinnghorse
Latency was not an issue when making my decision. I'm not a gamer or a serious snob about video resolution. My decision came down to bang for the buck.
If the cable company was willing to waiver the cost of running cable to my house from the street and give me the 200/10 GB plan for 69.00 for a year...as a consumer how could I turn that down? Hopefully in a year exede has better offers and I can make another decision.
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Not so perplexing if you read my last reply
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I did read it and i am still perplexed, but do whatever you want, if you wish to pay more for less go right ahead. I will tell you the new satellite, ViaSat-2 is supposed to have about 100mbps speeds and based on a previous post about what someone wished for the data cap to me, it can be expected to not have a 1TB data cap such as your current connection more than likely has.  So, if you want to pay more than double the price you are now for less than half the service do so.  It doesn't affect me at all, but to me it doesn't make sense.  
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I think he has just been trolling us. Lol
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yeah, cause it makes no sense.  
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Wrong
Satuser sometimes consumers like to take their time and investigate options before getting into a 2 year agreement
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Let it be known that I only praised exede and never said anything bar about the service
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It makes sense if you read that I was hoping to cut land line ties....but now you are just going with the flow of not understanding
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This forum sure does bring out the strangest people.  Never a dull moment here!
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You have to read all of his posts going back some 3 months - while some can argue he was being overly cautious, that's hardly strange and folks are frequently criticized here for not doing their homework - he wanted to make the right choice after an apparently sour expereince with Frontier and distrust of Comcast. In the end he did, despite my wanting to reply on some occasions - spit or get off the pot since the choice was obvious for me regardless of my personal feelings about Comcast ;)     
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One of the perks of satellite internet, is not being tied to local infrastructure. I live in an area that is often affected by Hurricanes, which sometimes results in phones and internet going down. Since Exede has several gateway's on the ground, is very unlikely that a storm would cause any service interruptions. Just about the only thing we really have to worry about, is that satellite up in space. If for some reason it gets knocked out of orbit, or if the thing decides to blow up, then none of us will have internet.
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Good choice!

I followed some of your posts over the months. As I recall, you had a genuine distaste for Comcast as your primary reason if that was indeed your decision. You also mentioned Charter at one point having to extend 5 miles.

Sometimes it's best to swallow one's emotions and make the logical choice not the emotional one. Good luck with it regardless of which landline provider who got you there if they come close to delivering at 250 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up - I'd overlook just about anything related to administrative blunders (short of outright billing fraud) or perceived poor customer service.

The quality of the actual internet service itself outweighs most of the other considerations, IMHO. That'll be similarly true a year from now.
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Marika
I do appreciate your time in responding
Sure it makes no sense as to why I would want satellite and despite what the future holds for exede latency will always be an issue. Yes I went with cable for a year but will keep active checking on exede and their offers

If most people keep referring to exede as last option then it hurts them growing... hopefully it will be thought of as a full alternative

Yes I want to cut my landlines! Won't happen in the next year but technology can can that in a year

And I see no reason to be personally Hurst by my decision
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Yes, it isn't very logical to be hurt by something that doesn't affect me in the slightest, but as I said I just felt like I needed to express my feelings on it and I feel if I said anymore the phrase "beating a dead horse" wouldn't cover it.  So, do what you feel is best. 
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But you answered as in it does affect you personally
No worried just a forum misunderstanding
I only wish all ISP users the best of service and still not sure why my post got so many butt hurt
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Because we are jealous! :) You can get 200 down unlimited for $70 and you were considering satellite internet? Many Exede users woukd kill for that, and it wouldn't take a lengthy debate to decide. Lol

Let me help you more. Weather impacts more than your location. So if you are in sunny California you still can get interrupted by weather when it hits the gateway.

BTW, I have had satellite internet for over 20 years (not by choice). It is not going to evolve that much in 12 months.

So be thankful you have a good internet option, and come on back in 12 months to have another "fact finding" :)
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Vetransatuser
Trust me I count my blessings that I had the opportunity to "shop around" and for now I had to make a consumer choice that worked for me

I respect all the posters here and appreciate all the feedback
I will remain a community member and decide in a year what to do

Again o only have high esteem for exede and it's devoted users
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briman, you made the right decision. Good luck to you, see you in a year! (I hope your cable provider treats you well, it truly is a great option when you can get it).
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Rique
Thanks for the reply
Yes so far so good. Not sure why so many people are confused as to why someone would look at satellite if cable was an option....for now cable works and I will stay active here to keep up on exede and in a year make a decision
Thanks again for the support
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Here, I can totally understand preferring satellite to cable internet but, here the cable available 7 miles away is horrid, even if I could get service. It goes out every time the power goes out and, even if you have a generator, the cable service does not at their station here so, no internet for hours, or even days. With satellite I might be down a few hours in a bad storm but then, I've got internet even on generator power. power outages of 30 minutes to one hour happen weekly, longer outages 2-3 times per year. so, on that alone satellite is a better option.
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Bev
Again I appreciate all of your time in answering my questions
Here in California where I'm at storms aren't a worry but yes they should be in decision on ISP
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I don't post much, but read here a lot.

Honestly, I can't imagine any reason to go with satellite if you don't have to.  Some of the fastest terrestrial plans are cheaper than the cheapest satellite plan.  I understand why, but it still sucks.  That being said, I do truly appreciate what Exede is doing for the folks with no options.  Without them, many people would still be on dial-up, does that even exist still, or have no service at all.

 So even on just a money level, there is really no reason, except maybe on a longshot, an infrastructure reason.  However, in any populated area, that isn't really a concern, as they will have it up and running as soon as they can.  Also, most folks also have cell service from multiple towers.

For those of use who have no other options and no cell service, who are paying nearly 200 bucks to have laggy satellite phone service and high ping gaming with limited streaming quality and data amounts, it is inconceivable.  Pardon the run-on sentence. 

Frankly, there is also a bit of jealousy on my end.  We are heavy users in our house.  When I kick youtube up to HD, from my normal 320kbps I am amazed.  I forget that most of the country sees it this way and doesn't even think about it.  We have just recently started streaming Netflix.  480 is fine on a 42 inch tv.  I haven't tried it on the 60 inch yet, but I am not expecting to be dazzled.  I'll live with it, but I wouldn't if I didn't have to.

So for you to come on here and wonder if Exede will have a better plan for you in a year or two is to be blunt, kind of goofy.  They won't.  They can't.  It just isn't possible with today's technology.

However, with all that being said, I want to reiterate that I am very appreciative of Exede for folks like us.  I remember the days of the excruciatingly low daily caps and slow speeds of the early satellite services.  Some satellite services are still selling that junk to people who don't know any better.

I am looking forward to and excited to see what the new Viasat 2 and then 3 satellites bring us.  It truly is exciting to see the technology move forward at a relatively quick pace.
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Amen. I mentioned that in my original comment.

"If for some reason it gets knocked out of orbit, or if the thing decides to blow up, then none of us will have internet."
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I wouldn't say more stable, just less prone to the outages of lousy electrical co-op service when one lives at the end of the line, literally. (okay there is half a mile with electricity beyond me, but that's all.

It is a bit expensive for Viasat to have redundant birds up there but, someday they may have just that. launch enough of those high dollar birds and, they might be able to get at least minimal service redundancy going up there. :)
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Last night rain storm knocked satellite internet and tv out for 3+ hours. That wouldn't happen with cable or wireless.

All depends on the type of outage event you are talking about and the infrastructure in place to support your systens.
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True. here it's power outages and, many time the city folks are without internet or cable for hours or days after a storm while I'm out a few hours during the storm then, back online and watching TV.

Living at the edge of tornado alley makes satellite a better choice for fast return after a storm a lot of the time.
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I believe I have stated several times that I was referring to an infrastructure outage.  I could care less about a temporary rain storm, even if its for a few hours.

I have 382 GB of video on my Playon/Plex server.  Thats more than enough to keep me entertained while the rain pours down. 
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I never meant to kick the dirt on anyone
My intention was to educate myself on exede satellite and with the kind folks here I did

My last post about the update to going with cable was not to upset anyone but tell others that have helped me become more educated on ISP service on this forum what I decided and why. I'm sorry if I upset anyone or made them feel that I was implying I have better service....that was not my intention of the post

I was trying to thank everyone for their answers and help
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I understand that Briman and, thank you for not only posting your decision but, your willingness to learn about satellite internet before deciding which provider was best for your needs.

I also understand your point in wanting a more off grid option. Add to that, do you want a long term provider that just does home and maybe business internet or, do you want the ones providing top level government communication via satellite services? Who is likely to have better back end security behind your service? Just food for thought.
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Bev
Good suggestions for thought. I did read that viasat does government work. At the air Force Base I contract at there is both viasat and Comcast providing services....each for their own special services I'm sure.

I plan to keep active here and I feel I have made friends also here and like this community