OK how do we know at what point they Put the Brakes on after a day or so ago I see a vast difference in pages loading speed, even this morning 3 AM High traffic at this time of the morning?
HughesNet Gen4 Fair Access Policy
To ensure fair Internet access for all HughesNet® Gen4 subscribers, Hughes maintains a special Fair Access Policy for these subscribers. This policy establishes an equitable balance in Internet access for all HughesNet subscribers. Hughes assigns a Data Allowance to each service plan that limits the amount of data that may be downloaded or uploaded within a one-month period. Subscribers who exceed this limit will experience a temporary reduction of speed.
HughesNet Gen4 service plans allow unlimited downloading and uploading. However, to ensure consistent performance for all users, a Fair Access Policy provides for a limit, based on your service plan as described above, on the amount of data which can be used before your service performance is reduced. The policy is implemented automatically by monitoring your usage, including data which is sent from or to your HughesNet terminal. Each HughesNet Gen4 service plan is assigned an Anytime Allowance. The Anytime Allowance is the amount of data, in bytes, which can be uploaded or downloaded within the month at full speed. If your data usage exceeds the allowance for your plan, the throughput (speed) of your service will be reduced.
In todays "Internet" a 5/5 plan is no plan at all.
In reality, with its high cost (due to much higher than terrestrial costs), high latency and greater complexity a satellite connection is one of last resort.
It is not like Directv or Dish TV that can compete in the TV market. Two way satellite Internet is a much different animal.
If a user has any other options then they need to take that option.
There is no amount of complaining that is going to cause a satellite connection to become comparable with any terrestrial based internet system.
Its not even a "apples to oranges", more like apples to bananas.
A satellite connection can operate at a "acceptable level" if on the Jupiter (Echostar17) platform (HT1000/1100 modems), if due to geography or line of sight issues and a user is stuck on a HN9000 Spaceway3 system ... then no.
If you have other options ... go for it, if you don't, then you need to learn how your system works, what it can and cannot do.
A 5/5 plan ? A full length movie in HD will chew that up in one gulp ...
I quick peek at the "economics".
A WISP, Cable or phone DSL service is installed where those companies feel the they can make money , they invest in equipment in an area. They can upgrade and repair that equipment at anytime the "business picture" indicates that more profits could be had. They can build on that initial investment decade after decade.
A sat connection however starts with the cost of the satellite itself at about one half BILLION dollars. It has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years then needs replacement. It cannot be expanded, it cannot be repaired.
Add to that 500 million, launch and insurance costs, add to that the ground facilitys need to complete the connection to/from the satellite and the people to staff them.
The satellite does only have just so much "thru-put" at a given instant, the same with the ground NOC's and Gateways.
The economics are that if Cable or DSL thought they could make money from you, then they would have built in your area. That should tell you something.