"Does Hughes Net have to play by the same rules as large phone companies such as AT&t or Verizon."
No, in the context that Hughes is not a publicly regulated utility.
"Apparently they can steal people's money and get away with poor service. cheating ripping off the customers."
Stealing in what manner ? Are you having billing or performance issues?
Perhaps if you were to post some details it would help narrow things down.
"....Healthy competition is good for the American work force. The best offers get the customers."
In this context Hughes is not in competition with terrestrial based ISP's, Hughes serves a niche market ... supplying high speed satellite service to those areas where ground based services have chosen not to extend service.
"The adults have to buy service with tokens Your company is screwing with the internet"
Hughesnet is a data capped service. Plans are available in various sizes but there is not getting around the fact that all Hughesnet plans have limits.
There are several ways to track your rate of usage so that you can go the entire month and stay within your data limits.
Tokens can also be purchased ahead of time and queued for automatic use if required.
The only difference is that Hughesnet now uses smart browserSmartBrowsing isn't enabled until you run out of data.
but I can spend 1 hour online and use 1.5 GB without downloading or watching streaming videos, no just browsing and checking my email, reading the news.You SERIOUSLY need to install an ad blocker if that's truly all you are doing. That's an utterly ridiculous amount of data to be using with just browsing.
Face Book is the worse their videos actually will play even if you are out of Gigabyte's.Disable the autoplay feature for videos on Facebook.
the price for GB online is $1.00, Hughesnet charges 9.00 for the same GB and to make it look like a deal they give you 1.5 for 10.00.Just what plan is it you have? They don't charge $9.00 per GB. I pay $80 for 65GB. Satellite internet is more expensive to run and offer than all other regular residential ISPs. You have an alternative...dial up.
Hughesnet has it's FAP policy and the contract with it's customers of only giving a minimum of Broadband just so they can make bank on the tokens, it is incredibly lucrative and profitable.The FAP stands for FAIR Access Policy. Fair is the key word. More data offered means slower service for everyone on a given satellite due to people primarily using more data for streaming purposes. A satellite has a finite amount of throughput.
Obama passed the fair access internet law for everyone, so people in outlying areas can get fair access too(at least that is what I thought it was) but it wasn't anything of the sort, it gave these companies extra tools like the fair access policy(FAP)Hughesnet's FAP was in place long before Obama came down the pike. Again, more data means slower service. It's a balance. It's not a land based service. A satellite has a finite amount of throughput.
Until our government decides to re-regulate everything the corporations are shoving down our throats(especially the rates) we can count on the same for the future.Satallite internet isn't land based internet. It costs more to run and maintain. You have an alternative...dialup.