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    I'm Singin' the Rural Internet Blues

    The Hughes Gen 5 Satellite installers are here to install their grossly overpriced, underperforming satellite internet service. For the past four years when we lived in Kansas City, we enjoyed 1 Gig Google Fiber service for a flat fee of $70/month (taxes included). The new "Hughes Gen 5" system may provide up-to 20 MB service for "only" $75/month (includes equipment rental) PLUS taxes. At least they "threw in" free installation and $50 the first month. Deals for both Viasat and Hughes seem to be dependent upon geographic locations. They also don't "offer" discounts unless you ask.

    Sadly, the only other option in our rural location is Excite/Viasat, which was about the same price and speeds. Reviews for both companies are poor, although I have family in Northern Minnesota with both companies who are satisfied. To add to my woes, our neighbors are on Midiacom for $40/mo with 50mb service, but they are "across the road" and out of Midiacom's service area!

    For the past seven months we've attempted to get by using a Verizon Hotspot, which worked great until the speeds started to get throttled down to under "dial-up" speeds. We've never been able to do streaming type activities, but until recently, it was good enough to teach our online classes (both my wife and I teach) and do basic email and internet work.

    Hopefully in two years when the contract is up, other options will be available for this part of NW Missouri.

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    I started out with Hughes many years ago - it was my first internet service. It was in it infancy then and I was one of their beta testers.

    Then one day I saw a cable contractor running lines on my way home from work. Every week they were getting closer and closer to my house. But I figured it would never get there.

    Then one day they ran the cable to the power pole in my yard - happy days - or so I thought....

    I knew who the cable provider was so I called them - I want hooked up! But no - they do not provide service where I live. But what about the cable on my power pole....??

    Finally got on a forum like ours here with helpful people. A tech from the company frequented there. I got his attention. He told me to take a pic of the terminal box up on the pole which I did.

    3 days later they were there hooking me up.

    I thought I died and went to heaven! Unlimited internet (no caps) and 10 times the speed and 1/3 the cost.

    So I feel for you - it's going to be a long 2 years. Those caps and throttling were the worst. I had to set what forums I could to not show pics - if I viewed the posted pics I would hit my cap quickly.
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    We're in the same boat with Hughes Net, grossly overrated, one would think that there is a minimum speed required to be calling it "high speed'. I ran a speed test one night and results read like this:

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha, WTF is this

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    All the commercials they run would suggest they are the best thing since delivered pizza. What a joke. There is little intellectual honesty left in marketing. We are stuck in a similar dilemma but ill be damned if I'm going back to dialup speeds for a premium. I use Verizon unlimited but little or no streaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    We're in the same boat with Hughes Net, grossly overrated, one would think that there is a minimum speed required to be calling it "high speed'. I ran a speed test one night and results read like this:

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha, WTF is this

    We're hooked up and I can't even open a YouTube video. No more Tractor a Time with Tim unless things improve. Current download speed is 0.36 mb. Tech support said it would speed up once the modem "has settled" for 24 hours. This could be a disaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    We're hooked up and I can't even open a YouTube video. No more Tractor a Time with Tim unless things improve. Current download speed is 0.36 mb. Tech support said it would speed up once the modem "has settled" for 24 hours. This could be a disaster.
    So, according to tech support your modem is suffering from anxiety

    Good one, really got love that tech support for having all the answers
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    On a positive note, itís not actually that bad, I mean, you canít really stream much because it chews the data limit fast. But, itís not as bad as many would think, I have no problem watching YouTube, this site is honestly the slowest of any I use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 356 View Post
    We're hooked up and I can't even open a YouTube video. No more Tractor a Time with Tim unless things improve. Current download speed is 0.36 mb. Tech support said it would speed up once the modem "has settled" for 24 hours. This could be a disaster.
    A fair way would be to test drive it before you sign the fugging contract. I hope it works out for you.
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    We had Hughesnet on our motorhome (with a high dollar automatic dish) - it was a source of continuous pain. At our ranch we are fortunate enough to have a great wireless Internet provider, I pay about $100 a month for a static IP address and 10 Mbit download speed with no caps. Very reliable. This old retired geek is a happy camper.
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    We have had Exede for going on 4 years. They recently started offering "unlimited" plans here at up to 25 mbps. We have typically been getting around 13-18 mbps when I test it. We haven't had any issues with it. I've been impressed. No options here other than satellite.

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