What determines speed in liberty data use

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I am considering the libertly play.  My question is about what determines the speed when in the liberty data.  Is it always the traffic on the beam or does it get slower as one uses more and more data.

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Sue Smith

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Christine Conrad, Champion

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Sue, on the Liberty Plan, speeds will always be dependent on the network traffic on your beam. That being said, while you are your priority data, that speed will be pretty fast. Once you exceed your priority data, you will be on the Liberty Pass, where speeds will be in the 1 to 5 Mbps during the morning and afternoon hours, but during the evening hours, speeds could drop very low, sometimes making it difficult to even load some web pages. When on the pass, your priority is going to be lower than the other users in your beam who are still within their data allotment for the month. I have no complaints with how my speeds are when I am on the Pass, sometimes it is slow in the evenings, so I try to limit my use of the internet when that happens.
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During the evening hours, when you said that speeds could drop very low, have you seen speeds below 150 Kbps (about 3X dial up) and for how long?
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Generally the low speeds are going to be between 6pm and 11pm. After 11pm things start to speed up again.  How slow it gets will depend upon how busy your beam is.
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What is the slowest you have seen it get between 6pm and 11pm?  This will give me some idea of what to expect.
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While on Liberty Pass, I have seen 450 Kbps around 8 p.m. a few times. Usually it is close to 1 Mbps.
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450 Kbps is actually quite good, especially if it's on the low end of the speeds you see.  Considering that I keep the network adapter that my windows uses throttled at 150 Kbps, this likely means that I wouldn't see any difference in my normal day to day internet usage if I were to go into liberty pass mode.

The thing that bothers me the most about this data usage problem are companies like Microsoft with their data burners like windows 10, and various IT departments of websites that you end up needing to use that try to force you into using windows 10.  For example, some of the most detestable statements I have heard are: "if Microsoft doesn't support it, we can't either;" and "We don't support linux, only Apple and windows."
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Thanks. I have pretty good speed on my classic 12, but have to watch data use toward the end of billing period. I am getting to old to stay up for free time to update all my programs. There is a wide range between 1 and 5 ms. STILL CONSIDERING
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I do the same thing using the unlimited after midnight. Was great when I worked till 1 AM in the morning, but as you said getting older it is tough to stay up past 12 AM. Of course when necessary, a little Geezer nap during the day helps.  ;-)
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A customer support agent told me a couple of weeks ago that when the new Viasat satellite goes up in January then Exede will offer the Freedom Plan for $100 monthly for the 12 Mbps speed or $110 for the new double speed service that includes the new WiFi router.  He said the deal won't be only for new customers but for current customers as well.  Sure hope that's right. The Freedom Plan has a soft cap at 150 GB per month.
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We haven't released any pricing points or plans internally yet. This agent misinformed you likely just with things they might have heard. I did see some plans they want to do but we've not confirmed pricing or anything at this time. However with that said with ViaSat 2 launching in 2017 we'll be seeing double our entire capacity. With that we will start offering more robust plans to current and new customers similar to Freedom. The WiFi modems are a bit of a ramp up to what we want to offer with ViaSat 2. Obviously one of the biggest goals is to offer plans that will allow customers to stream and reduce the chances of going over their data. We'll make announcements of plans closer to time. Stay tuned!
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi, All, Our launch is looking like it'll take place in the March/April timeframe for the ViaSat-2 satellite. Plans have not been finalized to date.  We will share the plans as soon as we can  possibly do so. We are all in a suspense until then!  Happy New Year!  
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Reading the comments I am still confused. I wish I could try it for a month, but I understand that my plan is no longer available and I would not be able to go back
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There is a risk of that. If you're on a Liberty Plan you're likely safe to not worry about your plan disappearing. The classic and Freedom plans however are higher risk as those respectively are being retired or under limited availability. You can always see what is in your area at www.exede.com and typing in your zip code