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The Best Satellite Internet Providers – 2017

To find the best satellite internet service of 2017, we reviewed satellite internet providers and ranked them based on price, speed, and data. Below, you'll find the definitive guide to satellite providers—HughesNet, Exede, and dishNET—so you can find the absolute best satellite internet provider for your needs...no matter where you live.

ProviderNew HughesNet LogoExcede Internet Logodish internet logo
Monthly Price$4999–$9999$4999–$14999$3999–$7999
Download Speed25 Mbps12–25 Mbps5–10 Mbps
Upload Speed3 Mbps3 Mbps1–2 Mbps
Anytime Data10–50 GB10–30 GB5–15 GB
Bonus Data50 GBUnlimited5–15 GB
New HughesNet Logo
25 Mbps
3 Mbps
10–50 GB
50 GB
Excede Internet Logo
12–25 Mbps
3 Mbps
10–30 GB
dish internet logo
5–10 Mbps
1–2 Mbps
5–15 GB
5–15 GB

To find the best satellite internet service of 2017, we reviewed satellite internet providers and ranked them based on price, speed, and data. Below, you'll find the definitive guide to satellite providers—HughesNet, Exede, and dishNET—so you can find the absolute best satellite internet provider for your needs...no matter where you live.

The Top 3 Satellite Internet Providers

HughesNet Internet Service

  • Pricing $49.99–$99.99
  • Anytime Data 10–50 GB
  • Max Download 25 Mbps
  • Max Upload 3 Mbps
  • Equipment Fee $14.99 Mo
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HughesNet Internet Service

HughesNet has some of the best-priced plans for satellite internet. Its basic service plan starts at $49.99 a month.

It’s also likely that HughesNet will give you more options for service than Exede or dishNET. For example, we were able to choose from five internet service plans with HughesNet, whereas Exede and dishNET only offered three plans. Of course, it may be different where you live, but you can easily check here for service where you live.

HughesNet does offer free standard installation and discount pricing, but they’re only available in select areas.

Exede Internet Service

  • Pricing $49.99–$149.99
  • Anytime Data: 10–30 GB
  • Max Download: 12–25 Mbps
  • Max Upload: 3 Mbps
  • Equipment Fee: $9.99 Mo
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Exede Internet Service

Exede is the fastest satellite internet provider for both download and upload speeds. Every Exede plan has a max download speed of 12 Mbps, even with its most basic plan. In comparison, HughesNet’s and dishNET’s basic plans have a max download speed of 5 Mbps. Exede also has an option to upgrade to a max download speed of 25 Mbps in areas where available.  

Exede also has the best bonus data feature when compared to HughesNet and dishNET. Exede’s bonus data feature (Liberty Pass) lets you continue to browse the internet at speeds of 1–5 Mbps after you’ve used all your anytime data. HughesNet and dishNET let you continue to use the internet as well, but they limit your speed to 1 Mbps and 128 Kbps respectively.

Exede does have promotional offers, but you’ll have to contact Exede to see what’s available in your area.

dishNET Internet Service

  • Pricing: $39.99–$79.99
  • Anytime Data: 5–15 GB
  • Max Download: 5–19 Mbps
  • Max Upload: 1–2 Mbps
  • Equipment Fee: $9.99 Mo
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dishNET Internet Service

dishNET satellite internet is a good option if you want to bundle satellite internet and TV. In fact, there’s a $10 a month discount when you order dishNET and DISH TV together, so if your budget allows it, we recommend bundling your internet with TV to get the most value. dishNET’s pricing is middle-of-the-road, with its basic plan starting at $39.99 a month.

As for dishNET’s other features, they’re average, which is a big reason why dishNET lands at the #3 spot in our satellite internet rankings. However, while dishNET’s features may not stand out, there’s a bright side. If you hit your data limit, you won’t be charged overage fees. Instead, your internet speed will run at the speed of dial-up (128 Kbps), which isn’t ideal but still better than a fee.

For more info on deals available in your area, contact dishNET customer service.

Finding the Right Satellite Internet


The costs of broadband internet services usually range from $40 to $60 per month. The costs will vary depending on download speed and available bandwidth. These price levels are comparative to DSL and cable internet. However, depending on your usage, higher download speeds may not be worth the money.


We recommend at least a 5 Mbps (megabits per second) download speed. With 5 Mbps, you should notice an appreciable difference in the pace at which your internet pages load or refresh. Upload speeds start at 1 Mbps and go up to 12 Mbps. Some of the slower upload speeds offered by satellite internet providers can make this medium a poor choice for heavy game users. Ultimately, it all depends on your plan and (anticipated) usage.


Data allowance is an important consideration when evaluating satellite internet service. If you use social networking, watch videos, or listen to music, you’ll need plenty of data. Currently, data available from satellite internet providers range from 5 GB to 100 GB. Many satellite internet providers limit the amount of data you can use monthly, but this should not affect most casual users.


As with any product, support is important. Most of the leading providers offer user-friendly online forums, 24/7 technical support, online account management, and spam and virus protection.

Satellite Internet FAQs

Q: How does it work?

Satellite internet works in the same manner as satellite TV. The concept of geosynchronous orbiting of satellites is central to the operation of satellite internet. Simply, this means that the satellite must be placed in an orbit above the equator at a distance of about 22,300 miles. At this location, the satellite will orbit at the same pace as the earth rotates. This enables your home satellite dish to constantly remain in contact with the orbiting satellite. This is also why (if you live in the northern hemisphere), you must have an unobstructed southward view of the sky from where you place your home satellite dish. The complete satellite internet system includes the following:

  • Satellite Dish
  • Modem
  • Orbiting satellite that receives and transmits data

Q: How much can I download?

This largely depends on the plan you select from a satellite internet provider. Say your plan lets you download 5 GB per month—same as the lowest data plan. Now, the next question is “How much content is 5 GB?” It’s equivalent to streaming two two-hour movies in HD or listening to 90 hours of streaming music. If you only use the internet for browsing web pages and email (no downloading or streaming), don’t worry, you’ll likely never reach 5 GB in a month. All the satellite internet providers we’ve covered have unlimited or bonus data period, usually between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. So you can use this additional data judiciously at no extra cost.

Q: What speed do I get?

10 Mbps is the average speed for satellite internet, and that’s more than 178 times faster than a dial-up modem. The absolute fastest speed for satellite internet is available from Exede, which has a max download speed of 25 Mbps. The lowest option is a max of 5 Mbps, which is available from HughesNet and DishNET. What speed you get ultimately depends on your provider and plan, but we recommend going with a 10 Mbps plan.

Q: What’s the difference between satellite and cable internet?

The biggest difference is speed. If cable internet is available in your area, you’ll likely have access to plans with higher speeds (download and upload) than satellite internet; however, you might have to pay more for those plans. If you’re a serious internet user (e.g., multiplayer gaming) and cable internet is available, you should go with a cable internet plan. For the casual or average internet user (browsing, checking email, etc.), there isn’t much of a difference between satellite and cable internet.

Q: What’s the installation process?

Professional installation services and fees vary, so you’ll have to check with each satellite internet provider, or check out our reviews for Exede, HughesNet, and DishNET. Many satellite internet providers offer free installation and activation as an enticement to purchase their service. The satellite internet providers we recommend usually offer the option to either lease the equipment (normally $9.99 per month) or purchase the equipment at a cost of a few hundred dollars (but there is no rental fee associated with this option). If you live in a condo or a townhome and have a homeowners association, please check with them first. It is typically not an issue but every association has different by-laws.

Q: Can I get satellite internet for a car, RV or boat?

The short answer is no (most satellite internet services are designed to be stationary). However, DISH has an option called the TailGater® for satellite TV, and because it’s mobile it can be taken anywhere. So if you travelling cross-country and want to take TV with you, check out the TailGater® and see our article on how to get TV on road.

Q: Is there unlimited satellite internet?

Yes, it does exist, but there’s a caveat. It’s only available from Exede, and it’s limited to the hours of 12:00–5:00 a.m. If you’re thinking you won’t use the internet during these hours, consider this: you can schedule nightly backups or your downloads during these hours and it won’t count against your monthly data allowance. All of the other satellite internet companies have a set limit during the night in addition to the day, but Exede doesn’t and this is just one reason why we ranked them number one.

Q: Should I lease or purchase satellite internet equipment?

For most satellite internet providers, equipment leases for $9.99 per month for the two-year contract period. Currently, there is only one internet service provider that gives you the option to buy or lease the satellite internet equipment. HughesNet offers an option to purchase your satellite equipment upfront for a cost of $299.99. This offer is extended to new customers only.

Additionally, there is a $100 instant savings on standard installation included in the total cost of $299.99. The lease option offered by HughesNET (for new customers only) features a $0 upfront cost component combined with the equipment lease fee of $9.99 monthly.

If you lease, you’ll save $60 over the life of a two-year contract. Additionally, you do not have to come up with three hundred dollars upfront. However, as we mention below, these advantages disappear over time. The initial 24-month savings is a mere $2.50 per month.

If you purchase, you’ll start saving money after 30 months (2 ½ years). If you know you want satellite internet service for a period longer than that, it would make sense to purchase the equipment.

We think leasing is the best option, because after two and a half years the equipment will be dated, and hanging on to equipment is a terrible reason to stick with an internet service provider.

Satellite Internet Myths and Facts

#1 Satellite internet is too slow

While that may have been true a few years ago, it’s not anymore. At the advent of satellite internet, download speeds approximated 750 Kbps with upload speeds of about 256 Kbps. With advancements in technology and the launch of new, more powerful satellites, speeds have increased dramatically. Presently, download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 12 Mbps are possible—speeds that are comparable to DSL and cable.

#2 It takes a long time to receive a signal

Do you have a second?

Latency is defined as the amount of time it takes from the request of a packet of data until it is received. In general, latency is expressed in terms of milliseconds (ms), or 1000th of a second. Latency has long been a criticism of satellite internet technology, but in our opinion, a bit overblown for the common internet user.

It is true that satellite internet latency is much greater than terrestrial internet latency (DSL, cable). Terrestrial latency ranges in the 20–50 ms range where satellite internet ranges can be 500 ms or more. The main reason is the distance satellite internet communications must travel.

The geosynchronous satellites employed for satellite internet are positioned about 22,000 miles above the earth. That is a long way to travel, yet it is accomplished in milliseconds! Most satellite internet customers are located in areas where DSL or cable are not available, so the main alternative is satellite internet.

The most obvious effect of latency is on gaming, where ultra-quick responses are necessary. Satellite internet is not suitable for heavy gaming applications; however, normal email, browsing, photo sharing, etc., are not affected that much by latency.

#3 Satellite internet doesn’t work when it’s cloudy, rainy, or during storms

While it’s true a severe thunderstorm, heavy snow, or blizzard can interrupt satellite transmission temporarily, the problem isn’t as significant as it has been popularized to be. This condition is commonly called “rain fade.” The signal is restored as soon as the storm passes. Heavy accumulations of snow can be removed from around the satellite dish to restore communications.

In contrast, a heavy thunderstorm with fallen trees, etc. could disable cable or DSL for days. Again, most satellite internet customers are in rural areas that do not have access to DSL or cable, so the problems associated with rain fade are minimal when compared to alternative, slower means of internet service.

#4 Satellite internet is too expensive

The monthly costs of satellite internet have decreased substantially over the past few years in light of the advancements in speed and bandwidth (data allowance). An entry level service that provides broadband internet now costs as low as $29 a month, which is comparable to DSL and cable internet plans.

Want to Know More?

If you want to know more about the best satellite internet or you think we missed something, leave us a comment below. We love hearing from you.

BY: Scott Teran

Staff Writer

  • ZandarKoad

    DishNet is objectively terrible, it’s just a re-branding of one of the other two. After personally installing hundreds of all three systems – DishNet, HughesNet, and Exede – I have to say that Exede always comes out ahead in performance. But their available bandwidth is filling up, so they might not even be accepting new customers in your area.

    • Jenn Diffley

      That’s really good information to have–we haven’t heard anything about Exede potentially running out of bandwidth (thought that wouldn’t be something they’d advertise, obviously). It’s also good to hear from someone who’s had hands-on experience. Hopefully DishNet and HughesNet up their games soon.

      • ZandarKoad

        Actually, DishNet can have a cost advantage, especially when it’s bundled with Dish’s TV service. And then the customer only needs to pay 1 bill which is something consumers always like.

        • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.


    • Douglas Newton II

      I disagree.. have been with Dishnet over the last three years and have not had a problem with their performance which is through Hughesnet.. we have a pretty consistent 5Mb download and after a year they even increased our data to 14gb anytime … Ever since exede has even showed up on the radar here in Idaho.. they can not give you service.. at least every time I have checked.. Exede used to be Wildblue and as soon as our contract was up we dropped them in an instant, due to very poor performance and erratic internet service..

      • http://www.reviews.org/ Trevor Wheelwright

        Hey Douglas, really appreciate you sharing this. It’s always nice hearing positive feedback, most people only speak up when they’ve had a negative experience or issue. Glad to hear your experience with dishNet/Hughesnet has been smooth!

  • Sebastiaan Bol

    Thanks for the update! How do you explain HughesNet is still your no. 1 choice, when Exede offers so much faster internet?

    Also, i called with HughesNet and they say they use Generation 4 technology and the competitors Generation 2. They claim the US military uses it and that their customers get 120% of the promised download speed. On the phone they also offered me no termination fee if you cancel within the first 30 days, and they referred to the FAQ on their website. Looking that up learned me they do not offer this at all. It’s terribly confusing and i can’t believe they are not forced by federal law to offer a 30 day try me for free period. 2 years is a long time if you are not happy with it (and $400 is a lot of money for a termination fee + the activation fee that you will not get back).

    • http://www.reviews.org/ Trevor Wheelwright

      Hey Sebastiaan, thanks for the comment!

      It’s definitely a matter of pricing when it came to our decision. With HughesNet, their pricing lasts for the duration of the two-year contract, as opposed to Exede’s rates rising after 3 months of use.

      While Exede does have faster plans overall, their pricing leaves something to be desired. Exede’s initial prices don’t seem too far off from HughesNets, but the cost adds up quickly after 3 months. They also require an additional $10 a month on top of the advertised price to get the max download speed of 25 Mbps. So to get the top speed with the Liberty 30 plan for example, you’re looking at $99.99 + $10 = $109.99/mo for the promotional price, and then after three months it’s $169.99. While some may require these higher speeds from satellite internet, we believe most consumers would find better value with HughesNet.

      You are correct, HughesNet does not offer a 30-day trial period or money back guarantee, which is definitely a drawback. We agree that it’s a large investment both time and money-wise to sign up with a service provider, which is why we take the opportunity at Reviews.org to provide customers with more information and perspective before agreeing to a contract. We always encourage clarification with a sales agent in addition to reading to the fine print.

      Thanks again!
      Let us know who you end up going with and how your experience is!

  • http://www.internetchoice.org/ Jessica Ward

    This is a really great article. I had Exede for a long time and luckily am living in Kansas now with Google fiber, thankfully, but I didn’t have issues with Exede as far as satellite internet goes. I do agree with ZandarKoad though, you need to know if there are data limits.

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      Thanks! We’ll think of how to make data limits more clear to readers.

      Also, we’re happy you had a good experience with Exede, but we’re jealous you have Google Fiber, ha. (We’d review Google Fiber if it had a larger footprint.)

  • A Name

    I am a little curious about the differences in service. I mean, you guys rate Hughesnet #1, but every other consumer review site I’ve seen with thousands of reviews of Hughesnet’s service has them rated at a solid 1/5 stars. So I can’t help but think you guys must have gotten different service than the other thousands of people did.

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      When it comes to customer service, no internet service provider does an outstanding job; in fact, all ISPs could improve their customer service. We’d be curious to know what other reviews you’ve read.

      Also, user reviews can be especially harsh because people usually don’t take time to review a service unless they’ve had a negative experience. If you go to a Yelp page for an ISP or a website like Consumer Affairs (in no way related to Consumer Reports), you’ll find plenty of one-star reviews. However, those websites also try to sale their services to brands to improve their ratings, so we don’t trust them. If you’re looking for reliable information, you can start with the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s annual report on ISPs. It’s one of the first sources we go to for information on customer satisfaction.

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      Consumer reviews can be especially harsh because people usually don’t take time to review a service unless they’ve had a negative experience. If you go to a Yelp page for an ISP or a website like Consumer Affairs (in no way related to Consumer Reports), you’ll find one-star reviews. However, those websites also try to sale their services to brands to improve their ratings, so we don’t trust them.

      According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (a source we trust), which surveys tens of thousands of customers, internet service is “the weakest among the 43 industries” it covers—people just don’t like their internet service. Using our criteria, we still think HughesNet is #1. There are only three major competitors in satellite internet, and it happens to be best of what’s available (emphasis on what’s available). If you have access to DSL, cable, or fiber internet, we would always recommend those services first over satellite internet.

      Also, we’re working on a user review system for our website so users can leave their own reviews.

    • Carolyn Burton

      I have hughesnet At The Moment – that’s fixing to change. Not only are they slow as dirt the customer service is outsourced. I spent an hour and a half talking to someone I could barely understand. I have what Should have been a simple issue of getting more data. I tried to do it online and nothing happened (repeatedly). I’ve called customer service in the past, the rep sounded American thus no communication issue and the problem was solved in five minutes. Today I explained my problem right off the bat and she had me do a speed test (which was very slow). I told her I just needed to add data. She said she understood, obviously Not because she had me boot into safe mode and couldn’t get into the internet – no surprise, not all the drivers load in safe mode. Went back to regular mode. Despite the fact that I have Windows 10 in which IE was replaced with Edge, she had no idea what I was talking about and said I should have IE. On the support page they don’t even have a system higher than Windows 7! I usually chat to avoid these communication issued but the chat wasn’t working. I also like having the conversation in writing. She said she’d have to send it to the engineering department and they’d get back with me in 2-3 business days, today is Friday so it will be the middle of next week before someone even gets back to me. I HIGHLY DON’T recommend Hughesnet

  • Jenn Diffley

    You’re right–data limits are brutal. We can emphasize them more from here on out. Streaming is such a big deal now that data limits are especially important.

  • rightislight

    I have/had Exede – WORST service I’ve ever seen both in terms of product and customer service. I warn you to keep away from them unless it’s the only option. Simply horrible!

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      I’m hesitant to ask what made it so bad, but did you find another option for satellite internet? If so, how is it?

      • rightislight

        They said i was getting 12meg. My web searches painted as if it was a 56k speed. I’m not sure how pings come back at 12M but larger format (large packets perhaps) content came back painfully slow.

        Modem needed to be rebooted every morning in order to connect

        Customer service told me to “pound sand” effectively

        After 1 week I realized it wasn’t going to meet my needed. Exede is making pay for my contract anyway. When I’m done I’ll have paid exede $600 for 1 week of extremely poor service

        I learned that I have Charter Cable at the street. They’ll be here next week to run a line to my home. I’m lucky… I know.

        • http://www.reviews.org/ Trevor Wheelwright

          Dang, that’s unfortunate to hear. Sorry you had a bad experience, let us know how your experience with Charter Cable internet, we’ll be getting to that review a little later, so it would be helpful to hear your thoughts!

  • iwfau cotmpaiwku

    Satellite internet data package is enough to almost cover one day at my house. What is the point.

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      Satellite internet is for those who have no other option for internet service.

      • http://mcr.22web.org/ MCRwhatever

        It’s still not good enough. If counting upload and download bandwidth, I use around 200GB a month, every month. I pay about $70 a month for DSL (it’s way overpriced but I don’t have any better options). Hughesnet says after you hit the limit, they will reduce your net speeds to just a little more than dialup speeds. Their highest plan for my area is $130 a month and only includes 75GB. That’s not enough for the price. For $130 a month, I should get 500GB of data at a reasonably fast speed.

        • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

          If you have the choice between DSL and satellite internet, always go with DSL. There’s no question of that here.

  • iwfau cotmpaiwku

    Monthly data allowance lasts one day to be clear.

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      Well, it just depends on how much you use. Data allowance is like a package of Oreos: it could last weeks or a be gone in one day.

  • James Jeans

    Exede is positively horrible. Bad customer service, bad speeds at inflated prices, wonky data usage determination.

    We live in the middle of BFE, Texas. As a result, satellite internet is the only viable option. We pay nearly $150 a month for the “privilege” of of 25 GB of data per month. That might have been fine a couple of years ago — in fact it was, we’ve been saddled with them for two years and it was mostly okay at first — but now that every single website seems increasingly fond of auto streaming video, those caps can go real fast even when you’re just browsing websites. Facebook is particularly bad. In the last couple of years they’ve implemented video files that just play on their own as you scroll down your feed, and up until recently there was nothing you could do about it.

    On top of that, Windows 10 owners who don’t own the most expensive build have no choice but to accept Windows Updates on Windows terms. With previous versions of Windows you could choose when to download updates, but that’s only an option for people who own the most costly version of Windows 10.

    We’re a household of video game players, and boy… games are big now. If you want to purchase a game like Battlefield Hardline, that’s a 45 GB commitment. That doesn’t include patches.

    Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime and VUDU are right out, as well as most streaming music services.

    The only bright side is the 12 AM to 5 AM window where we have unlimited data. Although not so you’d really notice it. Speeds are often throttled to less than half what they are during the day, and I’m almost positive that some of our unlimited usage is being reported as day time usage, thus eating into our 25 GB data cap. There’s also the issue of their crummy modems. If the power goes out or you need to turn it off and on again to make it work, it has a habit of double, triple, or even quadruple reporting data usage. I know this happens because I’ve used the Exede data monitoring website to keep an eye on it in the past. There’s no way we’re using 25 GB of data in a week and a half, not when all we do during the day is check e-mail, read news, and occasionally browse Facebook.

    The typical customer service response to issues like that is “Hmm, weird. Thanks for calling.” I’m not the only person who struggles with this, and it’s frustrating as hell that they have no interest in bettering their service.

    If and when there’s an alternative option for those of us in the boonies, we’re going to drop Exede like a bad habit.

    • http://www.reviews.org/ Trevor Wheelwright

      Hey thanks for your feedback,
      We’re with you, for active online gamers satellite internet definitely isn’t ideal—speeds are slower and data is limited.
      When it comes to data caps, we’re hoping more companies switch to Frontier’s mentality of providing the customer unlimited internet access.
      For anyone curious about how to choose when Windows 10 Automatic updates, we’d recommend this article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3085136/windows/two-ways-to-control-or-stop-windows-10-updates.html

      If you end up finding a different service, we’d be curious to hear if your experience improves, so keep us in the loop!

    • Rik Belenger

      You can turn off the autoplay for Facebook videos . Settings, app settings, autoplay in the mobile version for phones and tablets

      • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

        Good tip!

  • Bgaf

    I just moved to an area without any high speed internet options. I have to explore satellite internet, however I only use the Internet for social media and streaming. I’ve had Apple TV for years now. I subscribe to HBO NOW and Netflix and I love it. I typically come home from work around 9pm and I sometimes watch different shows for a few hours while also using the Internet on my phone or IPad. I rent and only have a one year lease. It’s not uncommon for me to move frequently due to my job relocating me. What satellite Internet provider is able to accommodate my needs? I feel like these satellite options are so outdated. Who actually finds all of these data limits, contract limits, and speed limits useful? Any chance we will see something that appeals to customers in the real world?

    • http://www.reviews.org Scott T.

      Hmm… you might be in a tough spot. Every satellite internet provider we’ve reviewed requires a two-year contract, and if you try to end the contract early there is usually a high early termination fee (ETF). If you’re renting for just a year, you might have to be a little more creative with how to get internet. We also agree with your sentiment; satellite internet providers should do more to improve the customer experience.

      Do you know what providers are in your area? Also, it’s a good idea to check with your neighbors and see who they use for internet. Let us know what you find out, and we can give you some advice on what to do next.

  • akaraduman

    Is this usable from Turkey ? I’m not really looking for a good customer service, just something that works and can circumvent government cencorship.

    • http://www.reviews.org/ Trevor Wheelwright

      That’s a good question, and one we don’t have the answer to: I would recommend visiting the “View Plans” link for the providers you’re interested in and giving them a call and seeing what they recommend!

      Thanks for your comment!

  • Ronin3087

    There are needs to be a no limit high speed satellite internet service as fast as fiber optics for people who do need the online speed and unlimited data I would pay a lot to have that, oh and for those who don’t know dishnet is hughesnet, or excede they install both systems and don’t actually have there own satellite for the Internet only difference is the modems and equipment says dish other than that it’s the same thing, I’ve had multiple satellite services only options in my area and all are no good in my opinion but when u need internet and certain areas are monopolized there’s nothing that can be done South Dakota has a serious issue with monopolies

  • Todd M.

    I have Exede. If you can afford it, go with them. We have 4 people in our house all internet users. 2 of us do heavy gaming, the other 2 light gaming and we all video stream HD & SD movies and tv regularly along with regular surfing. We try not to watch too many HD movies, that really sucks up the data. We have the unlimited plan but our actual usage is between 120-150 GB per billing cycle. We do go over 150 GB occasionally wich reduces download speed slightly. It’s a little pricey but we live in an area that does not have many hi-speed options so I am happy with the service.

  • SpellWoman Neenah

    I 100% agree with James Jeans’ assessment and other’s of Excede’s “service”, especially the “wonky data usage determination” and the extremely unhelpful, nay useless, customer service.

    I had a 3 gig Verizon MiFi device for many years and hardly ever went over the data max. They had immediate and detailed use metrics reporting (and down to .000) which was easily accessible and with past history available. My use was and still is pretty basic and light – email, browsing and FaceBook (video auto play turned off) and never downloaded or streamed music or videos. I did on occasion upload photos and download OS updates.

    I was excited upon signing up for Excede’s 10gig service because i thought, “Gee now i can watch a few videos and even stream a few movies or tv shows.” Yah right! Even though my usage has basically been the same, minus uploading photos or doing OS updates, SUPPOSEDLY i am burning through the 10gigs in 2 a 3 weeks…when it actually does work! That’s 3 times data usage in 3/4 to 1/2 the time… uh huh, right! (When looking at the chart on the HughesNet page re what you should be able do with 10gig’s a month, i can only scoff! Certainly NOT with Exceed!) Their Customer Service has been no help at all, and they do not retain any use data history. One thing they will happily do? …try to sell more useless data.

  • Kevin

    Q: Is there unlimited satellite internet
    Yes, it does exist, but there’s a caveat.

    The second statement sir, just reverses the fact that it’s “unlimited” putting it back into the LIMITED category. Honestly these company’s need to be sued for false advertising. It’s frustrating that there isn’t an honest unlimited data, no throttling – satellite internet provider. At least charge by data tiers 10 GB – 20GB you pay x, 21GB – 50GB you pay x or 51-100GB+ you pay this astronomical price of x.

  • David

    I have Hughesnet. It is slow. Extremely slow. And they cap the data. It’s a struggle to stream a low-definition show that stops every 5 minutes to try and buffer (only sometimes successfully) and you’ll run out of data every month (on their best plan). I can stream better quality on my phone with 4G, and frequently can’t even load a normal web page if I turn on wi-fi. If Hughesnet is the winner here truly satellite internet is hopeless. It is the absolute worst and I’m thinking they pay this website because of how unbelievable and inaccurate this review is.

  • Michael Bonner

    BEWARE OF EXEDE! Discontinued service and am being treated to either incompetence or shady business. Sent the satellite equipment back per their instructions. First got a call about sending back a projector – which is bizarre. They said they would sort it out. Today I got a bill for the equipment. Had to make another call. They say they can’t figure out why the first equipment call happened – but would not give me any benefit of the doubt that equipment was returned. Now they have to ‘investigate’ — and say they have no way to reach out to me to say the problem has been resolved. Now I have to call yet again next week.

    Whether they are idiots or they have a scummy attrition team is irrelevant. Bottom line – EXEDE is not worth any of this hassle.

    • Sagenova777

      You might have been hit by avalanche…