In many markets, there are only one or two options for high-speed internet at home. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with dense cellular coverage and unlimited data plans available mobile hot spots can add a few options, but for many customers that simply isn’t an option. Rural data networks are getting stronger, but they still don’t offer the same speeds as their densely-packed urban cousins. Many homeowners living in areas with few choices for internet have found options in satellite plans. Traditionally, these plans come with metered bandwidth like most cellular data plans. With the current generation of HughesNet internet, though, you can count on constant connectivity, even if you accidentally go over your data allotment.
Guaranteed Connection With a Satellite Plan?
Instead of providing you with a limited data plan and then either charging for extra data used or cutting off service, the newer HughesNet plans offer you a limited bandwidth at the best speeds traffic allows with a guaranteed connection at a lower speed if you go over. The lower speed connection is typically around 1-3 Mbps, enough to keep you on social media and in touch with friends, family, and potentially even customers. It does mean you’re out high-end gaming applications and streaming video, but if you need more bandwidth for that, there’s always an upgrade to a larger plan.
Over the years, a persistent myth about satellite services has insisted that extreme weather causes disruptions to dish service. While it’s true that data streams are less powerful when they have to punch through heavy clouds, satellite internet is a concept that has been proven time and again, and like television satellite service it stands up to the same extreme weather as wired options. In fact, the advantage of satellite service is that when extreme weather does take it down, you aren’t waiting on linemen to restore service. If your dish is located in an accessible spot, you can adjust it back into specifications and pick the signal back up as long as it hasn’t been damaged by falling debris. Accessible locations also help you clean off leaves and snow, so your dish stays in top operating condition year-round. That’s a level of control over the infrastructure providing you with access the cable companies don’t have a way to offer.
- Choose the data plan that works for you
- Enjoy an additional allotment during off-peak hours
- Count on your connection, even if you exceed your plan
- Choose the data allotment that works for you from many options
- Add a voice plan whenever you want
Satellite equipment can be either bought or leased, providing you with options if you’re looking to avoid up-front costs. With the guaranteed connection even after exceeding data limits and the portability of satellite setups, these plans are starting to become economical options for urban customers too, so if your market is limited it’s worth investigating whether you have the line of sight needed for a satellite plan. The more densely built-up your area, the more you’ll want to double-check to be sure.
For customers looking to have that portability, purchasing equipment allows it to come with you, without a hassle. If you’re not sure, leasing provides an option that is as convenient as any traditional wired broadband plan, with a similar equipment return policy and leasing cost. That makes it easy to give satellite a try no matter where you live. You deserve options, and you shouldn’t have to pay extra for data you don’t use. Check out what satellite service offers, it might not be the best deal in your area, but it’s competitive enough to be worth considering.