| January 16, 2020
Our verdict: Is Viasat satellite internet worth it?
If you’re enjoying country life but miss your internet connection, Viasat is a strong contender. Its speeds and data deprioritization thresholds outshine HughesNet, though you do end up paying extra for it. Satellite internet plans are more expensive than internet options in urban areas, but a higher monthly internet bill is usually worth it to stay connected online from anywhere in the country.
About Viasat (formerly Exede)
Viasat is a huge satellite communications company, which is why it’s one of the top two providers of residential satellite internet in the United States. In addition to residential, it also provides satellite internet service to corporate and government clients. This includes providing in-flight Wi-Fi on major airlines like JetBlue, United Airlines, Virgin America, and more.
The company has long used the name Viasat for its overall business, but its residential internet service used to go by Exede Internet. After launching the massive ViaSat-2 satellite in 2018, which can deliver faster speeds to more customers, the company stopped using the name Exede and rebranded its residential satellite internet service as Viasat Internet.
Download speeds will get another upgrade in 2021. Viasat is currently building a new satellite system, called ViaSat-3. The ViaSat-3 will increase customer download speed tremendously, possibly up to 1 gigabit per second (1,000 Mbps). This new system will also expand Viasat’s coverage to include Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.