As this customer base increases, data costs should come down and download speed should stabilize at what is sold in their Plans, and not less during peak hours.
How, when a satellite has a finite throughput, should more customers equate to more stabilized speeds during peak hours? I suppose they could implement some type of throttling during the peak usage periods, making everyone's speed 1MB or so. That's a way to stabilize it. No thank you. I'd rather have the higher speeds and deal with the peaks and valleys inherent to satellite internet during the peak usage period.
Also, some of the profits are used to enhance the service, such as sending up a new satellite, which they are scheduled to do in December. Satellite internet is expensive to create, run and maintain. I'd rather they put the profits into the service rather than charging me a few bucks less.
HughesNet may decide to create software that will analyze the specific customer's usage while offering how-to's on increasing Usage performance & using less data by configuring their Systems and/or other Programs for better data streaming activities.
While it's impossible for Hughesnet to come up a with a " One size fits all How-To" and analyzing software for every system, there are many threads/posts on here that discuss ways in which to reduce data usage, including general usage ideas, and ways in which to adjust one's computers and devices to help save data.
As this customer base increases, data costs should come down and download speed should stabilize at what is sold in their Plans, and not less during peak hours.Actually, satellite internet works the opposite of that ground based model.
" After much research on "
Your research on data and cost failed to include that the data limits imposed are not just arbitrary values. The data limits are based on the throughput capacity of the satellite and other system components.
"and at the now 10GB pricing"
Plan prices are in part a function of the cost of providing service. Satellites cost many millions to build and launch. They have on average a 12 to 15 year lifespan and then they need to be replaced.
I wish my DirecTV were cheaper. It's not. So be it. No one has to have DirecTV, just like no one has to have the internet. If I want it, I pay what it costs to get it.
Secondly, like mentioned in a post below, the data amounts offered aren't pulled out of thin air. Satellite internet has a finite throughput. The higher the data packages offered to everyone, the slower the service will be for everyone. And if it were unlimited, you'd be lucky to download a 10MB file in an hour. It's all relative.