Satellite internet first became available to me during December 2001. It was download only. I still needed a dial up connection to upload commands. I thought it was just great.
In checking my records, I paid $180 for the equipment and $40 a month for the service. I also had to pay the dial up ISP for the system to be usable.
I do not remember the download speed but it probably was slower than today’s Viasat throttled rate. Moreover, it was controlled by how fast I could send instructions by dial up.
So here we are seventeen years later. I pay $50 per month for 12 gb and usually get 1 mb/s during the weekday when the children are in school. This is unless I am throttled when I exceed 12 gb, in which case my download speeds are typically less than 0.4 mb/s. In addition, there are times when my download speed is 0.2 mb/s during periods of congestion, even though I have not reached my threshold of 12 gb. And the congestion periods are getting longer every month.Now, if Viasat had told me the truth about speeds, I probably would be satisfied with this performance. It is the exaggerations about performance that makes many people irate.