Windstream to satelite

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I have a few questions. Where I'm located the only home internet options are satelite and windstream DSL. We've had windstreams "best effort" service for 8 years and I'm done. Our top speed is 1.5mbps (no that's not a typo) believe it or not ,it's enough to run and stream Netflix and sometimes hulu. We can even watch a movie on the roku through fandango, though the picture quality is ugly. Here's where the problems start, windstream is technically unlimited and we use probably 200 to 300 gbs a month. The TV is always on, like 12 hours a day. My bill is also only 60$ a month. I'm willing to pay more for better service, but I wonder how lon will the better service last. Are the throttled speeds lower than what we're currently getting on windstream? Right now viasat is not avalible in my area but the sales person said that by summer they will be nationwide, is this true? Finally if that is true would it be better to wait for viasat or attempt Hughesnet? Any help is appreciated
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Used GOOGLE to find out that "Windstream Internet" is in Gordonsville, VA.  I'm surprised that Viasat is not available in your area, if it's in the Gordonsvill VA area?  If this is so maybe they are no longer accepting customers on the beam that includes Gordonsville VA.  Anyway Hughesnet supporting 200+GB will be expensive plus your picture quality would be downgraded to DVD quality (480p?) unless you want to pay more for better quality.  Note that competition between Viasat and Hughesnet especially when Viasat works out some of the kinks with Viasat2 maybe worth a "wait and see" approach.
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Windstream is a southern wide company, I believe thier corporate office is out or Arkansas. I'm located in southeast Texas south of Houston. I know that hughsnet throttles speed, but I was under the impression that they don't charge for going over your plan. We're not even getting DVD quality now so honestly DVD quality would be a dream. Thank you for the response.
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HN does not charge for data overage, however they do throttle speeds once you are over your priority data, usually less than 1 Mbps, and often much less than that, according to my neighbor. That is the same as what happens with many Viasat plans, although speeds after going over on Viasat may be higher depending on the network congestion.
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Actually, most people get FAP speeds of around 1Mbps or higher, and some up to about 2.5Mbps.  There're no guarantees, of course, and speeds can vary, but most of what I've seen from people on the Community is between 1Mbps and 2Mbps.  
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Jaclyn Deavers

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This Is what I was afraid of
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If Viasat isnt available right now in your area, chances are you already live in an area with a congested beam. Would not advise moving even if you could.

Even if Viasat-2 was available, satellite internet is not a viable alternative to cord cutting right now. If you are burning 200 - 300GB data a month, even on the highest Viasat plan offered to date (only in select locations), the priority data max was 150GB. That plan will cost in excess of $200/month and unless you modify your usage habits, after burning through 150GB's all bets are off in terms of what kind of performance you will get.

In other words, I would wait and see how things go with Viasat-2 and stand pat for now with what you got.
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Jaclyn Deavers

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Yea, after reading A LOT on here I've decided just to keep my windstream, and hope that at some point in the next 10 years we'll be upgraded. If nothing else I'm getting a consistent 1.5 which is enough to stream Netflix all the time, and streaming is why we even signed up for internet in the first place 8 years ago. Thanks everyone!
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Based on your usage habits, I think that is the right choice for you.
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