For the Windows 10 users out there, be aware of this significant update to come August 2.
Please remember that Windows 10 updates are automatically downloaded and installed to your computer, and you may only schedule when your PC reboots to complete the installation.
So if you notice your data allowance depleting faster than usual on/after August 2, it's due to the Windows 10 update.
Here's how to schedule the post-update reboot so that it does not interrupt you during an inopportune moment:
For details on what's included in this update, please check this out: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3089869/microsoft-windows/microsofts-big-windows-10-update-laun...
A nice idea, but a logistical nightmare, to be sure. First, you'd have to figure out who's got W10. Then, of course, you'd have to implement a way for them to have the extra data needed for the update, which will vary from computer to computer, and when it's updated. Then, of course, you'd have people that would consider it completely unfair that one person gets more data just because they have Windows 10. "What about the updates for my Windows 8.1?" Then there's the people that buy a new computer two or three months after the update was released, but one which was manufactured before the update was released and didn't sign up for Hughesnet until three months later. What do you do for them?
Then, how do you even give that extra data? Give everyone tokens? There will be those that never use all of their data so the tokens never kick in, so they would feel cheated.
Again, it's a nice idea, but a logistical nightmare that makes it practically impossible. Plus, who is it that reimburses Hughesnet for millions of dollars in extra given data? Certainly not Microsoft.
I'm not actually asking YOU all of these questions, Bob, nor trying in any way to put you on the spot. Nobody could really answer all of this. I'm just trying to demonstrate how, although a lot of people would like it, giving extra data for things like this is a practical impossibility. Way too many variables, exceptions, lost potential future revenue for Hughesnet, timing, implementation, future customers, etc.
I think perhaps the best thing Hughesnet could do is send a mass email to their customers to warn of the upcoming update so that they can save the possible data needed for such an update.
Is there any way the company could do a mass mailing and send out an email to all of their customers warning them of the upcoming update so they could be ready for it and save the data that might be appropriate for it? You can't make people read an email, of course, but at least it would help get the notice out for those that will. Just an idea.
They're a business. They are in business to provide a service and make a profit. They aren't going to lower the price to attract more customers that they wouldn't already attract as then everything falls apart and goodbye Hughesnet. Secondly, twice as many customers means half the speed, or even less, for you.
If data were allowed to rollover, everyone would be saving data and then would have a movie streaming fest, slowing the system to a crawl and making it unusable for everyone. The data caps and the speed caps MUST BE in place to enable every customer to use the service. Think of a six lane highway: Only so much traffic can go down this road lest it slow to a crawl and everybody sits there. Now, try to throw twice that traffic in there, which is what would happen if people could stockpile data and then use a slew of it later. You couldn't even get on the road, let alone move an inch.
Data and speed caps are in place so you and I can use the service. Satellite internet has a finite throughput that must be divided up as equally as possible and have governors that keep it from overloading.
Completely different infrastructure and method of providing the service.
To add, although cable uses satellites to relay their TV services and such, as do the individual networks they provide, the internet they provide is hardwired. It doesn't use satellites.
Mostly fiber optic, these days, which has replaced actual wiring.