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Well I emailed a question regarding not seeing the advertised $50/month locked for 2 years in my Zip code. Got an answer and when I responded it told me the case was closed. I wonder why it costs more to beam a signal to Port Townsend, WA than Los Angeles, CA. You aren’t in competition here since I can get reliable service cheaper than you offer. I would consider at $50 but not $70
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If you can get reliable service cheaper elsewhere, why would you want Viasat?
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I would for $50 locked in for 2 years as in the commercials but not for $70 locked in for 3 months as shown on the website for my zip code. Which prompted a question about why it would be more money to beam a signal to me here than to my cousin Suzy in LA. Doesn’t make sense and doesn’t make them competitive in my area and I’m just wondering why.
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I gotcha. Well, look at theie prices by zip code. Even more unfair. I would have standardized prices per plan. But you can find different prices and features for the same named plan all over the map
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It doesn't cost more to beam service to you than it does to someone else.  One of the reasons prices vary is the market area.  It's not that uncommon.  It would be nice if the prices were the same across the board, but that's not the case, unfortunately.  Other services do the same thing.

My home phone service is nearly $30 higher than a relative who lives in a different state.  Same company (Verizon) and same service, yet I pay a much higher base price.   
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Different state I get. Go two miles east from my house and plan packages are completely different in prices. That is sort of hard to explain to a neighbor!
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Very true.  
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I've seen that commercial. The cheapest plan in my zip code is unlimited bronze 12, and it's $100 ($70 for 3 months). 360p streaming and 35gb threshold.

Edit: Also, there's an equipment lease fee on top of the rates you see.
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Maybe OP saw a Hughes commercial, that does have lower pricing for 24 months and offers price lock.  I know the Viasat one also says $50, tiny print says limited time.  I was thinking that, but it doesn't say price lock.

Hughesnet at $50 plan only price for two years offers 20GB day plus 50GB night (2-8am), 25/3, so double the data at half the price.  $40, 10 plus 50.  $80 is 30 plus 50.  $110 is 50 plus 50.  Plans are different than they were a couple months ago.  Plus, on their website, sign up today and get a $100 prepaid card.  Like I've said before, a budget Viasat plan that's actually sensible would be nice.  But, HN isn't that bad since the upgrade.  Viasat does not compete at all here. Add to that they were closed to new subscribers most of the time since '12 anyway other than a few months.  I don't think they like my area much :)
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If the Viasat one I've seen, it says "plans from $50" (subject to availability) and a 2 year price lock - $50 is the initial three month promo and the fine print (as it whizzes by) says 2 year price lock applies only to the standard monthly price (not the promo pricing) and equipment lease. Also consistent with the brochures and online pricing disclaimers.

https://p.widencdn.net/t5ojnn/Viasat-Gold30   

linked via https://www.wildbluetools.com/content/dealer/ads/vsbrochures.shtml

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Yes. Price lock. But not at the lock one would expect.
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Got it, didn't notice that wording, been a while since I've seen it. Don't watch much TV. And certainly not commercials....
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Actually, HughesNet is now limiting the available plans by area.  They never used to do this, but I guess they started to in order to keep beams/gateways from getting "too" overloaded.  It seems that they've smartened up a little, at least with that, anyway.  They should have done the same with Gen4.

In my area only the 10GB and 20GB are available now.