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New Satellite = New Plans

How much difference does a new satellite make? Hughes Network Systems evidently believes it makes a huge difference. With its latest bird, Jupiter 3, becoming operational, it has dramatically increased capacity.

What difference does the new satellite make?

HughesNet, therefore, is offering three new consumer service plans.

Last July. HughesNet launched the third of its geosynchronous satellites, Jupiter 3. The firm expected it to bring massive improvement in consumer internet services. It has. HughesNet has begun offering faster residential service tiers, with a maximum download speed of 100 megabits per second (MB/S. This is twice the previous maximum of 50 MB/S.

The 50 MB/S plan, called Select, is now the entry-level plan. It sells for $7499 per month. In addition, HughesNet offers an Elite plan, with a maximum download speed of 100 MB/S and a monthly price of $8999. Finally, a Fusion plan, selling for $10999 per month, combines terrestrial wireless signals with satellite connectivity. This presumably will reduce latency. Fusion provides a maximum download speed of 100 MB/S.

For its Fusion service, HughesNet has formed partnerships with several wireless networks in North America. However, the firm has not named its partners publicly.

Hughes calls Jupiter 3 the largest commercial communications satellite in existence.

What changes can you expect?

Mark Wymer, a senior vice president for Hughes, says the firm will continue to offer services through its older Jupiter 1 and Jupiter 2 satellites. “They can host our 25 MB/S plans, which the bulk of our base is on today,” Wymer said. “But the faster speeds are coming off our Jupiter 3, and all of our new customers will go on that.”

When asked about the practical difference the new satellite makes, Wymer said the “…raw scale of the satellite” and “its overall design with more powerful beams” will provide higher speed and capacity.

“The new throughput with Jupiter 3 and speeds we’re going to be able offer will be very competitive with the LEO offering out there today.”

LEO means Low Earth Orbit. LEO systems usually feature low latency because cause the signals don’t have to travel thousands of miles both ways.

In addition, the new bird can transmit 300 spot beams, relieving congestion and increasing data speed.

With HughesNet’s new bird, new customers can expect higher speed, higher capacity, and lower latency.

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Hybrid Satellite-Cellular Network Debuts

HughesNet made its name with its satellite internet system. Some people think this is all it does. Now, though, the firm wants to unite the stratosphere with terra firma. For selected areas, Hughes Network Systems has begun operating a hybrid internet service combining satellite and terrestrial cellular signals.

Hughes calls the new system HughesNet Fusion.

Why would anyone bother with such a combination, you might ask? It’s because each component enhances the other, and the combined system functions better than the separate components do.

Hybrid Broadband: The Best of Both Worlds

The satellite system can work almost everywhere. Its signals come from satellites 22,500 miles in altitude, so it covers almost the entire planet. It doesn’t require cable or telecom lines, nor wireless cellular towers, so it’s not limited to urban or suburban neighborhoods. Because of this, HughesNet serves areas other high -speed providers can’t reach.

The 5G wireless cellular component provides fast, low-latency signals, making it suitable for gaming and video streaming.

Areas with the hybrid system get the best of both technologies. The network can switch from the satellite system to the local cellular system, depending on the needs of the moment and the traffic the network is carrying. Gamers get sufficient speed and capacity, and rural areas get broadband service.

For the consumer, the hybrid network is low in cost. It offers true broadband speed. It’s available almost everywhere. It is highly reliable and it’s dense in capacity.

HughesNet previewed the hybrid system for the press at the SATELLITE Conference last March.

Hughes calls the new network a “multipath system”, and says it’s the wave of the future. To our knowledge, nobody else offers anything similar.

HughesNet offers 25 megabits er second (MB/S) download speeds with no hard data limits. Fusion plans, though, are available only in select regions of the U.S. To find out what’s available where you live, call Satellite Country.

Hughes will offer Fusion in many other areas early next year. So if you can’t get it where you live yet, you may be able to get it later. We will provide updates.

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Affordable Connectivity

Some Americans lack money. This has always been true, but especially in the last two years. And with all of the financial pressure we face, broadband internet service could be out of reach for some of us. With this in mind, HughesNet has joined the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program.

What IS affordable internet access anyway? – World Wide Web Foundation

Under its terms, each household can get up to a $30.00 monthly credit against broadband bills. For residents of tribal lands, the monthly credit could be up to $75.00.

In addition, the program does not require credit checks or annual contracts.

Qualifying is simple, and you can apply online or by mail. Getting in is a three-step process:

The first step is to visit the FCC website to see if you qualify. The second is to submit your application. The final step is to call Satellite Country with the verification code the FCC gives you.

Where is the affordable broadband available?

HughesNet service is available everywhere in the continental U.S. You can even get it in rural areas where telecom and cable networks don’t exist. All you need is a clear line of site to the southern sky for the satellite dish.

If you live in an apartment, though, you may need landlord permission to mount the dish on the building.

What do you get with HughesNet?

HughesNet satellite internet service is true broadband, with download speeds of 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of 3 MB/S.

Through Satellite Country, you can get any of four affordable HughesNet data plans, from 15 gigabytes per month to 75 G gigabytes per month. All plans come with built-in WiFi.

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Prepare for the Coming of Jupiter III

If you’re an American customer of HughesNet now, you can expect to see a significant service upgrade soon. The satellite internet system will launch Jupiter III, an advanced high-capacity satellite.

EchoStar buys Jupiter-3 “ultra high density satellite” from SSL - SpaceNews

The launch was scheduled for early in the year, but was delayed by Covid-19. This is not unusual. Many businesses in America have had to delay product or marketing moves because of the virus. But it won’t be with us forever.

By current estimates, the launch will occur in the first quarter of 2022.

Why is Jupiter III important?

The new satellite is important because of the massively increased capacity it offers. JupiterIII will add 500 to 550 gigabits. With the spike in capacity, HughesNet can offer speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (MB/S) with some plans. The current top download speed with all plans is 25 MB/S.

The additional capacity is all the more necessary given the lockdowns we’ve suffered- and will continue to suffer in some areas. With more of us working from home, we’re spending more time on the internet.

HughesNet has seen solid growth in its customer base lately. For the third quarter, the company added 38,000 broadband subscribers. This expands its subscriber total to 1.58 million.

Why do you need HughesNet?

Unlike cable or telecom internet, HughesNet is available almost everywhere in the U.S. This includes rural areas which otherwise couldn’t get broadband service.

HughesNet currently offers download speeds of up to 25 MB/S. This meets the FCC’s definition of true broadband, and it’s enough for almost all web functions: e-mail, surfing, and watching video.

Wherever you live, you need a reliable internet connection. To find the right plan for you, Contact HughesNet through Satellite Country. We can help you find the service that meets your needs and budget. Call now. We can help.

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma reminded us how vulnerable we can be. We’ve learned from bitter experience that our utility, travel, and communication networks can fail at critical moments. Internet systems are no exception. We’ve found that they’re often no better at weathering disasters than our other public infrastructures are. And when internet systems fail, they’re often out of service for weeks- even months- on end.

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When underground cable and fiber systems are flooded, their networks are usually destroyed. It takes time to rebuild them. Wireline internet service, then, is likely to be unavailable in affected areas for several weeks at least.

John Stankey, CEO of the AT&T Entertainment Group, recently spelled out how serious the problem can be. He said that Hurricane Harvey devastated his company’s networks in the Houston area. Fully restoring all networks, he said, will be expensive. It will, he said, require “a multi-year commitment”.

Wired networks can be poor at weathering natural disasters. Severe storms often force extended outages.

With a satellite system, though, you can avoid ground-based infrastructure completely. Restoring service takes very little time.

No communication system is entirely weather-proof. But no matter how severe the storm, your satellite service will usually be up again within a few hours after it passes. This almost never happens with flooded cable systems.

With satellite internet, you’re not dependent on a massive local network. This leaves you more flexibility to live where you want to. You can more easily locate your business where you want to.


All satellite internet systems are independent of local networks. HughesNet is the only one, though, confirmed by the FCC to deliver true broadband speed. HughesNet has also been independently rated first among all internet systems for reaching advertised speeds. That’s among ALL internet systems- not just satellite.


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 100 MB/S Satellite Internet Service in 2021

Launching a New Satellite

HughesNet already offers the fastest consumer satellite internet service in the United States. The ISP isn’t finished upgrading its system, though. On August 11, it announced plans to launch a new satellite to enable download speeds of 100 megabits per second (100 MB/S).

The company said its new satellite will be operating in early 2021, and will be dubbed Echostar XXIV.  HughesNet says the new bird will serve “key markets” in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and several other countries in South America, doubling the company’s Ka-band capacity in the Americas. The 100 MB/S service tier will be  available where HughesNet currently offers Gen5 service.

Following Gen5

In March, HughesNet inaugurated what it called the Gen5 service platform. Since, then, it’s been moving subscribers into Gen5, which offers download speeds of 25 MB/S.

This is the the fastest speed available with any satellite internet service.

Peter Gulla, HughesNet’s SVP of marketing, spoke to Multichannel News last week. Gulla said, “Right now, it (25 MB/S) seems to be meeting the needs of our customers. But that doesn’t mean that’s the end of the line.”

Hughes has offered its internet services primarily in rural areas. It plans, though, to move into some suburban and urban markets where DSL service is weak.

About HughesNet:

HughesNet has provided satellite-based communication services for more than forty years. It serves government residential, and commercial clients, chiefly in the U.S.

In March 2017, HughesNet became the first satellite internet system to offer FCC-defined broadband service from coast to coast. Its Gen 5 tier operates at download speeds of 25 MB/S and upload speeds of 3 MB/S. With Gen5, the company offers integrated modems with built in WiFi. All Gen5 plans include 50 gigabytes of Bonus Zone capacity for use between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The FCC has ranked HughesNet first among all major ISPs for consistency in reaching advertised speeds. This ranking is for all ISPs, not just satellite.

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Satellite Country is one of America’s largest retailers of TV, internet, home security, and home automation services. It has been in business since 1999. Satellite Country offers a full range of home services, and can find the best deals available where you live.


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Why Are You Left with So Few Choices?

People who live in densely populated urban areas usually have several options for high speed internet. In most cases, these will be cable or fiber-optic connections.

But what are your choices if you live in a rural area? You’re short of practical options there. Cable and fiber systems almost never build their networks far beyond their urban cores. You can find DSL almost everywhere, but it’s usually far too slow to be called genuine broadband. It’s unlikely to be fast enough for video streaming or for most business functions. You can get satellite internet service almost anywhere in the continental U.S., but it’s often even slower than DSL.

The Best Option

If you reside in a rural or exurban area, your best option is almost always going to be HughesNet. It is a satellite network, but very different from the others. HughesNet upgrades its satellite fleet almost constantly, which expands capacity and increases data speeds. The FCC, in fact, lists HughesNet as the only satellite system that consistently delivers broadband speeds.

HughesNet has also been independently rated first among broadband providers for consistency in reaching advertised speeds. This is a first-place rating among ALL broadband providers, including cable and fiber systems.

If you’re a new customer, you can get 10 GB of data per month for $49.99, and 50 GB for just $99.99 per month for the first year. The latter rate reflects a $30.00 discount for the first year. In the thirteenth month, the 50 GB tier will be priced at the standard rate.

Data Plan Features

With all HughesNet service plans, you’ll find the following features:

  • Built-in WiFi
  • 25 megabits per second (25 MB/S) download speed nationwide, 3 MB/S upload speed
  • No hard data limits
  • Video Data Saver

The Video Data Saver automatically adjusts your video streams to use less data. Its default setting is DVD quality (480P), but if you want to watch HD video, you can opt out of the Data Saver temporarily. And you can “snooze” it for four hours at a time.


We don’t claim HughesNet is for everyone. Though it’s available nationwide, apartment dwellers may face difficulty getting it. Landlords often refuse to allow satellite dishes on their buildings.

Because the HughesNet signal is beamed from a satellite 22,500 miles high, it takes half a second to complete a round trip. This time lag is called “latency”. It makes HughesNet impractical for interactive video games or other purposes requiring low latency.

Final Thoughts

If you live in a rural or lightly populated suburban area, HughesNet is almost certainly your most practical broadband option- and an outstanding value.

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Michael O’Reilly is no shrinking violet. Speaking before the American Legislative Exchange Council last Friday, the FCC Commissioner pulled no punches in describing Title II internet rules. He said the debate over them pits “capitalism vs. socialism”.

The Title II rules enforce ‘net neutrality‘. This means they forbid blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization of internet content. The rules are meant to keep ISPs from favoring their own content over content from competitors. Some internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, have their own TV service divisions, and regulators thought they might treat their own video more favorably than video from Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming services. Free Press, a consumer group, says the rules are necessary for free, open communication online. Without ‘net neutrality’, it says, ISPs could block political or social views they don’t like.

The FCC enacted the Title II rules in February 2015. The biggest cable and telecom systems objected fiercely, and lobbied hard for repeal.

With a new President came new majority in the FCC. The new Chairman, Ajit Pai, has said that Title II rules should be repealed, and O’Reilly has sided with Pai. Speaking to ALEC, he said, “All of the propaganda in the world cannot paper over the fact that these new burdens were not in response to actual market place events…” O’Reilly said the rules were enacted only because of “…hypothetical concerns dreamt up by radical activists”. He called ‘net neutrality’ a stalking horse for a larger effort to “vanquish capitalism and economic liberty”.

O’Reilly also criticized the offer of discount municipal broadband. He compared it to Venezuela’s offer of low-cost gasoline. The state required oil companies to sell their product for less than production cost, leading to massive shortages. O’Reilly said that municipal offers of free or cheap broadband would also produce shortages.

O’Reilly said he would support subsidies for the poor. However, he firmly opposes “…allowing government sponsored networks to use their unfair advantages to offer broadband services”. Capitalism, he says, is absolutely necessary.

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Guglielmo Marconi would be proud. The pioneer of commercial radio would certainly approve the use of his discovery to transmit the word’s first non-laser wireless data system transmitting at 1 terabit per second (1 TB/S). This is 20,000 times the speed of the fastest current 4G LTE WiFi networks, and about 20 times the speed of the fastest wired business data services. At 1 TB/S, a signal could stream 200,000 HD movies at the same time.

The need for massive increases in data speed is obvious. A study conducted by Cisco Systems a few months ago found that mobile internet traffic grew by 74% globally in 2015, and smart phone use increased by 43%. For the year, video was 55% of all mobile data traffic.

The growing demand for data led the National Science Foundation to spend more than $60 million over the last five years in radio spectrum research. On Tuesday, the NSF gave a substantial grant to Rice University for testing of a pulsed radio data transfer method.

The researchers at Rice University, Edward Knightly and Aydin Babakhani, plan to depart from the carrier-wave modulation techniques that have been standard in radio communication for over a hundred years. Babakhani says that a pulsed wave system is probably the only non-laser WiFi platform that can perform at rates of in the range of 1 TB/S per channel.

Knightly said, “Instead of having signals that bounce off walls and are highly scattered throughout the environment, we (will)… only have line of sight. The benefit is (we)… blast all the bandwidth and all the information directly to a device with laser-sharp focus, and no one else will be able to intercept that signal because any receiver… offline… won’t detect it. So we’re focusing like a laser but we’re using radio. The challenge is to steer that beam to the right place at the right time, and to follow users as they move.”

We don’t know when 1 TB radio WiFi will be available to us. Several technical hurdles remain. If the Rice research team can overcome them quickly, we may see a consumer version within three years. When it does, we’ll report it here.

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Will robots replace us in the labor market? With accelerating automation, it may sometimes seem that our jobs are doomed.

Robots deliver pizza. Google has developed cars that drive themselves. This is only the tip of an emerging iceberg.

Two years ago, Momentum Machines developed a robot that could provide freshly ground and grilled hamburgers to order, with freshly sliced vegetable toppings, and customized meat or seasoning combinations. If a customer wants a meat patty with one-third bison and two-thirds pork, the robot will provide it. And it can produce 360 custom burgers per hour.

A few years ago, the Los Angeles Times began using an artificial intelligence application to write weather and earthquake updates. Afterward, the AI app wrote sports articles. The newspaper tested the app by asking readers to compare articles written by the robot with articles written by human reporters. Very few could tell the difference.

If these examples aren’t daunting enough, some researchers believe that artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and virtual reality will make most human jobs obsolete within a decade or two. Robots, we are told, will handle so many of the tasks that now require human labor, very few jobs are likely to survive. Machines will be able to learn, and will constantly become more competent. Eventually, they will know so much that they won’t need human supervision. Some analysts argue that we’ll need a universal minimum income, so the hordes of displaced workers can survive.

These frightening prophecies, though, are out of touch with reality. We’ve been through technological revolutions before- and they’ve paved the way for more jobs, not fewer.

By inventing mechanical molds and the movable type press, Johannes Gutenberg drove thousands of European scribes out of their vocations. But his invention created new industries. It made the mass production of books and pamphlets possible, and without it the newspaper industry would never have existed. The movable type press killed thousands of jobs, and created millions more.

The automation of agriculture was even more disruptive to labor markets. In the nineteenth century, four out of five American jobs were on ranches or farms. Today, fewer than 3% are. Automated farming freed millions of people for other, less onerous work at higher wages.

We are at the verge of the next great leap in technology. It will, no doubt, destroy tens of millions of jobs. Some workers are likely to be displaced for months, some for years. Transitions to the new information-based economy are going to be difficult. For every job the robots destroy, though, they’ll create several more. A 2011 study by the International Federation of Robotics found that the use of one million industrial robots led directly to creation of three million jobs. Increased use of robots usually fosters lower unemployment

The jobs that survive the robot revolution are likely to be the ones requiring creativity, empathy and human connections, negotiation and persuasion- and repair and maintenance of robots. We are certain to see more job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. As robots handle more of our repetitive tasks, we will have more opportunity for easier and more interesting work.

Welcome the robots. More than likely, they are your friends.

(To benefit from automation, you need current information. For this, a reliable internet connection is necessary. Talk to us. We can help.)