Yep, once one learns, and willing to do so, how to corral data use it is actually very reliable and even fast in most cases. Not broadband, although I'm on a beam/gateway where broadband download speed is frequent, as in +25 Mbps. I know that is not the norm for most.
I have good AT&T 4G LTE signal and even considered switching to it entirely when moving HughesNet to new house up the mountain just a bit. However after weighing the cost/benefit ratio I decided to stay with Hughes. The latency is not something that bothers me since I don't game online and again I'm lucky enough to have the 50/50 Ultra plan.
Use the 4G as backup and do understand how people who never had satellite before complain about slowness even when browsing. When I use my hotspot pages do load quicker. But a second or two slower doesn't make me crazy. I come from dial-up BBS days.