If you haven’t looked into satellite internet in a while, you may be surprised by how good it is. Not many companies offer satellite internet service these days, but the service is faster and more reliable than it used to be. And thanks to recent satellite upgrades, broadband satellite internet is available almost anywhere in the United States.
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Data valid as of 01/10/2019. Speeds and pricing vary by area and are subject to change. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed.
Now there’s a broadband connection for everyone.
Download speeds for satellite internet start at 25 Mbps and upload speeds fall around 3 Mbps. Speeds that fast classify satellite internet as broadband according to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which means broadband internet is now available in rural and remote areas.
As for providers, Viasat and HughesNet are the top residential Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for satellite broadband. To see how they stack up, check out our Viasat vs. HughesNet review.
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You can no longer get dishNET satellite internet.
DISH used to offer satellite internet service under the name “dishNET.” DISH stopped offering dishNET satellite internet in 2017, but it still offers dishNET wireline internet in a few areas.
But if you’re looking to get TV with satellite internet, you still can pair your DISH or DIRECTV with satellite internet from Viasat or HughesNet. Viasat will even give you a $10/mo. discount for a year when you subscribe to DIRECTV.
You can’t get satellite internet from DIRECTV or EarthLink either.
DIRECTV doesn’t offer internet service, while EarthLink continues to offer its satellite internet through HughesNet.
Exede and WildBlue are now Viasat.
Both Exede and WildBlue were brand names used by parent company Viasat. In 2017, Viasat stopped using those brand names. Now it offers all its satellite internet services as Viasat Internet.
Is satellite broadband right for you?
Broadband satellite internet is a great choice if you live in a rural or remote area—especially if dial-up is your only other option. It delivers enough speed for most online activities, including streaming video.
Real-time activities, like online gaming, are more difficult because of the lag inherent to satellite internet technology. However, satellite is still a solid choice for your internet service, especially now that it reaches broadband speeds.
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