It's unfortunate that the terrestrial ISPs can't be bothered with rural areas. For those of us who have no other viable options, HughesNet is a godsend; otherwise we'd have to move (I moved to a rural area on purpose and love it, and would not much care for going back to the big city). In my area, there's Verizon, but there aren't enough towers, so the connections are abysmal (and Verizon is much more expensive in the long run as well), so HughesNet has worked very well (most of the time) for me for the last 15 or so years. It's challenging though if you need to use Zoom. I use Zoom but phone into meetings and that works fairly well and doesn't use my HN data. I stay away from data-intensive activities as much as possible, but not everyone can. My main source of data drainage is app and operating system updates, followed by document uploads and downloads. Some months (like this one) require the purchase of tokens. I also often drive to places that have cable, fiber, or working Verizon, especially to download big files, but I am aware not everyone can do this.
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Finally had an engineer call. On the phone about 45 min or so. The did some adjusting to the router. Had issues there. Worked for about 2 days and back to buffering. Will attempt another call after Christmas. Smh
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