Hughesnet and Starlink are two of the biggest names in U.S. satellite internet service, and both of these internet service providers (ISPs) have some unique features and advantages.
Starlink tends to offer the fastest speeds among all satellite internet providers, but its service is not available in all areas of the U.S. and comes with extra up-front costs. Hughesnet has nationwide availability, and it offers a range of monthly plans with different amounts of data, whether you’re an internet minimalist or a streaming video binge-watcher.
Let’s take a closer look at Starlink vs. Hughesnet internet plans so you can make the best choice for your satellite internet needs.
Starlink offers two satellite internet plans for home internet customers: Starlink Standard (formerly called Residential) and Starlink Mobile.
Starlink Standard offers different pricing based on the speeds available in your area. Starlink plans either cost $90 if you live in a low-capacity area or $120 if you live in a high-capacity area, and you find out which price you get when you sign up (or if Starlink contacts you after your area changes to high-capacity status).
Unlike Hughesnet and other satellite internet providers, Starlink does not require contracts. You can cancel your Starlink internet service at any time–but if you ever want to restart your Starlink service after canceling, you might end up at the bottom of the waitlist. Also, Starlink offers unlimited Standard Data, so you will never lose connectivity, but you may experience slower speeds.
Starlink Mobile users get Best Effort service, so speeds may be lower than typical Standard speeds.