While numbers may grow because more people are moving into rural areas, the numbers are going down overall because terrestrial internet is expanding.
No problems here. Fine with my 15/50 data cap, which keeps three Windows 10 computers up to date, plus my folks' Windows 8.1 laptop.
If I want to watch TV or a movie I watch what's on DirecTV. My life isn't over because I can't stream 24/7, though there are people who seem to feel that way.
It truly sounds like you have great admiration for the terrestrial Internet companies that have chosen NOT to service your area due to lack of profitability despite having a much lower cost basis.
Aren't you "mad" at the wrong guys ?
I'll grant you that Hughesnet is a connection type of last resort, it is not marketed to those with other alternatives. Hughes does serve a niche market and that is exactly what it is .... all surveys aside.
I can't help but feel that you are "barking" at the wrong folks ..... you may be better served (but ignored) if you were to post on the websites of Comcast,Verizon, Frontier or whomever is closest to you.
Data Limits ? Yup and a real good reason for it that doesn't need to be repeated again ... it sounds like you know the drill.
Your post comes off as more of Wishful Thinking (gee I wish my Yugo was a Cadillac) than a truly well reasoned commentary.
We all wish we had Cable .... we don't, and no amount of Crying Towel Time is going to change the laws of physics and make it so.
When this is your only choice .... learn how to get the best out of it or just plain drop it.
When you are handed Lemons ... make Lemonade.
If you are having an issue with your data .... things can be done. Things that you may have not considered .... things that will prevent needless usage.
I don't normally take this tone but your post is loaded with "snarK"
Data wise .... what am I doing that you are not ?
My suggestion: Start a new topic, post your plan details, Network configuration, Router brand, model, version, main OS and list of devices (don't forget your printer) and lets see if we can help you get more "value" for your dollar.
The Champion title is given by Hughesnet to those customers on here who are very knowledgeable and have, time and time again, helped other customers who are having problems. Champions do not work for Hughesnet. They are here because they enjoy helping people.
With that said, sometimes when they, or anyone on here for that matter, see a post complaining about Hughesnet in ways that seem a bit misplaced, they may speak up.
Complaining about a service because it doesn't and can't work in the same way other services do, and making ridiculous statements about the company, seems a bit odd.
Three W10 computers kept up to date, plus updating my folks' W8.1 laptop regularly. Facebook, YouTube, shopping, paying bills, general browsing.
Slow and restrictive? Inconvenient? 4G for home would cost me more and I'd get less.
Works fine for me.