How does DISH internet work?
Until 2017, DISH Network offered a satellite internet service called dishNET. DISH no longer offers its own satellite internet, but you can still get internet through DISH’s main internet partner: Viasat internet.
Viasat is a satellite internet provider, which means that you can get it anywhere just like with DISH satellite TV service. But if you don't want to bundle with Viasat, there are other internet plans that pair well with DISH TV, even if they're not official DISH internet bundles.
The best high-speed internet providers to pair with DISH TV will obviously depend on your situation and geographic location; Viasat internet, for example, is available anywhere in the United States, but 4G LTE and fixed wireless networks like Verizon and Rise Broadband have more restricted coverage areas, even if they're more available in rural areas than, say, fiber networks or even cable internet providers.
We recommend Viasat for anyone who has DISH because its satellite signal allows them to watch from any rural or off-grid in the first place. If you're nearer a town, Verizon's 5G home internet and T-Mobile's home internet are hard to beat, what with all that juicy download speed.
But just because DISH offers TV and internet bundles Viasat doesn’t mean you have to go with one of these options if you want internet service with your DISH TV service—you probably have several other internet providers in your area, and they might be a better choice.