When is Viasat coming to my area?

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I live in Eastern Washington and have HughesNet.

I have been wanting to dump them for years, but for years Excede (now ViaSat apparently) doesn't service my area.

Hearing you now have unlimited data (a bit pricey, but worth it), makes me want to jump even more.

Are you ever coming to come to my area or am I stuck in HughesNet Hell for all eternity?
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I just checked and it looks like Viasat isn't currently accepting new customers in Spokane, Washington. 

Be thankful they aren't letting you sign up.  When a beam becomes very congested, they stop accepting new customers.

The good news is, Viasat 2 is set to go live early next year.  I would say check back in a couple of months and you will be pleased to see what is available.  
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Yep!  What Stephen said.  When Viasat 2 is up and running, we'll be opening areas to sales again.  
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Just be hopeful living in Washington you will be able to reach Viasat-2. People in the Pacific northwest might be limited to just Viasat-1 because of the low angle Viasat-2 will have to that area.
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Good point, but when Viasat 2 goes live, lots of people from Viasat 1 will be migrating to the newer bird.  Bandwidth will open up on Viasat 1 because of this.

It might not happen instantly but it will happen.  There are plenty of people out there that can't live without the latest gadgets.  Satellite internet is no different.

Believe it or not there were people on 25 mbps plans who jumped at the opportunity to upgrade to 30 mpbps plans just because it was available.  Nevermind the fact that there isn't a noticeable difference between the two speeds.  They had to have it because they thought it was better.
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I may migrate, depending on the cost, just because I want the new modem if it looks cooler than the sb2+ I have now. xD
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Doubtful you will be able to cook an egg on the new modem either.
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I can neither confirm or deny that the new modem looks cool.  

But I suspect Arthur Fonzerelli would approve.  
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The original poster states eastern Washington (the state I'll assume) - that's not even covered by ViaSat-1 only an augmented beam on Wildblue-1 with Exede 5 plans.

Elevation angle will be a consideration for many in the Pacific Northwest (or even some west coast areas) with ViaSat-2 as VeteranSatUser points out. For example assume Spokane in eastern Washington, the elevation angle would be somewhere around 19 degrees to ViaSat-2 - even from the peak of my roof I've got trees that would prevent a clear line of sight at that angle (I barely clear them with a 31.5 degree angle on ViaSat-1); fortunately, I'm on the east coast so the angle will be closer to 45 degrees.                 
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Very correct old Labs. I know Alaska and Hawaii are excluded from Viasat-2, but they have 1 to still cover them. There might be poor people in the far Northwest that won't be able to get 1 or 2! That would really stink!
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If the new sat is that low on the horizon, there is no way I'll be able to hit it.  Lots of trees in my area.  I am able to hit the new HughesNet satellite, which is what I'm on now.
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It is very low because of how it is positioned. Time will tell.