Thanks for the helpful responses, everyone. I am now much more knowledgeable on the subject. However reading all this has really left me unhappy with Wildblue.
Far as the satellite itself it don’t care what package one has. Depending on the location in the USA where we located it should deliver up to either 5 or 12 down. Viasat won’t make as much on the $50 packages vs the $130 package. So they’ve lowered the caps hoping everybody jumps to the highest packages. I for one am not paying $130 for Internet service. I can hardly pay the $80 I’m paying now for a barely faster than dial up service. I’ll use my computers for solitaire & use the one at work when I need the Internet.
Wildblue since Nov.2005/Exede March 2012/Apple Macbook Pro/Asus RT-N56U Router/
What is so entirely unfair about the current fap policy is if I happen to exceed my cap by 10 kbs I get slowed down to barely dialup speed and then have to drop my total usage to below 70% to get the speed I pay monthly for reinstated. Then it takes up to 10-15+ days to reach the 70% usage due to having reached the overage during a 1-2 days of heavy downloads. The heavy usage will not be dropped until 30 days later. Then when you finally reach the 70% threshold it takes WB a week or more to speed up your bandwidth back to normal...That sucks!
Sucks yes. It should be an incentive to keep track of your own usage to avoid that penalty.
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