Very happy lately on Viasat 1

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I have to say that since viasat 2 came online my speeds on #1 are doing great.  I'm signed up for 30mbps but I'm actually getting just over 40mbps - during prime time!  Before #2 came online I was lucky to get 20 during prime time.  I have yet to see if I get throttled once I hit my 150GB monthly limit but I likely will go over by months end.

Kudos!
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I'm sure there will be more posts like your's coming in the few months ahead, maybe even sooner.  This is exactly what VS2 should be doing, and I have no reason to think it won't. 
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Exactly.
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When exactly did 2 come online that he is using as a reference point? I mean, I agree that speeds should improve, but I think it is a little early to think 2 has had this much impact this early.
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VS2 increases your speed both physically and emotionally. :)
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But if your speed and stamina last for more than 4 hours on Viagra-2, seek medical attention.

Damn spell checker.
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Old Labs,  what version of Spell Check do you have? Might be time to upgrade!  :-O
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I use the urban dictionary spell checker and I apologize to blugs everywhere for that last one.
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And of course I had to go check out the urban dictionary definition. :P
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I'm getting steady fast speeds lately.  I am happy.  We had been getting slow, choppy unreliable speeds down to maybe 3-6 mbps on silver.  Now we are flying.

Not sure why, but I'm not complaining.
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Not sure why? Are you serious?
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It could simply be commercial and airline services migrating to Viasat-2 within your service area freeing up bandwidth for residential use - check speeds during prime time to see if similar gains are encountered.

It's a transition of bandwidth from 1 to 2 that will take time on a region by region basis and requires more than turning on a lightswitch. It would be easier to transition these heavy hitters thereby freeing up more bandwidth in a shorter period of time than residential customers.

It's been said all along that migration to Viasat-2 would free up bandwidth on Viasat-1 - some like me are simply waiting out the storm in hopes that we can simply stand pat on our current plans. I've got no viable plans being offered right now that would warrant switching but YMMV
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If airlines were using vs1 and switched to vs2 that would explain my beam opening up. I live near SEATAC international airport.
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Well, I found out what happens when I hit my 150GB allotment. 30-40KB/s speeds :(
Are they prioritizing or punishing?
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Unlimited or Freedom Plan?
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"unlimited" - reality 150GB cap. No way to buy extra GB allotment either.
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I think the deprioritizatiion impacts users more than originally was anticipated. Perhaps that is one reason why the priority data levels on the "unlimited" plans have been significantly reduced in the latest plan offerings.
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I'm happy. I still have over 2 GB of priority data left on Liberty 12 and my service resets on the 4th.

I think I've used something like 115 GB of data this billing cycle.
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If they'd either not throttle you SO drastically you can't even browse normal web pages (preferred)  or offer to sell chunks of data once you hit the limit it'd ease the pain. The internet is basically unusable when you are prioritized now.  It seems more like an on off switch than a valve.

I just ran a speedtest (10:30am) and it wasn't throttled.  Which is the reason I was able to post this from my computer.
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If on an unlimited plan it's not throttled (but for all intents and purposes it may as well be).

Once you exceed your data usage threshold, you are prioritized behind other subscribers who have not exceeded their data usage threshold. During peak usage periods (for example evenings when congestion is most likely), you get stuck in line while others who haven't gone over their threshold are service ahead of you. With severe enough congestion, you're stuck at the end of the line as others that aren't restricted get to cut in line ahead of you.

As you noted at 1030 AM speeds were more normal - little need to deprioritize you at that time (but it all depends on load within your service area). 
 
On Liberty plans it's worse - you are throttled until the end of the month and also incur the (de)prioritization hit.

Even though touted as unlimited data plans (not unlimited internet), many of us especially those on unlimited plans still conserve our data (and follow the data usage tips) only to postpone the inevitable when we do exceed the threshold.

On Liberty we have the advantage of a free zone and can buy more. At the same time we'll shift our (de)prioritized usage to non-peak periods if we can (and that's why Stephen is happy)
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