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Compare Wildblue vs. HughesNet Internet

Overview WildBlue HughesNet
Total satellite installations in United States 300,000+ 455,000+
Total satellite installations worldwide 300,000+ 1.9 million+
Number of operational satellites 2 13
Years providing Satellite Internet service 3+ years 13+ years
Years in business operation 6+ years 30+ years
Develops satellite and communication systems equipment and components No Yes
Owner and manager of Network Operations Centers (NOC) No Yes
Installation available nationwide No Yes
Proprietary network security and encryption infrastructure No Yes
Uses Internet Protocol Over Satellite standard (IPos) - a communication standard developed by Hughes that is optimized for satellite networks No Yes
Uses DOCSIS – a communication standard developed for the architecture of land based cable networks Yes No
Limitation on number of computers connected to system Yes No
Dynamic IP Addressing (NAT) Yes Yes
Static IP Addressing option available No Yes
Minimum service commitment 24 months 25 months
Standard Warranty 24 months parts/90 days labor 25 months parts/90 days labor
Cost for standard warranty service calls within warranty period (Labor Cost) $95/hr after 90 days of service Free
Fair Access Policy (FAP) restriction 30 day refresh+ 24 hour refresh++
Free shipping & delivery No Yes
HughesNet vs. WildBlue – Plan Comparison WildBlue/Excede HughesNet
Tier 1 service plan
  • Monthly cost
  • Download speeds up to
  • Upload speeds up to
7.5 GB Month Data Plan
  • $49.99
  • 12 Mbps
  • 3 Mbps
Power
  • $39.99^
    (for 3 months)
  • 10 Mbps
  • 1 Mbps
Tier 2 service plan
  • Monthly cost
  • Download speeds up to
  • Upload speeds up to
15 GB Month Data Plan
  • $79.99
  • 12 Mbps
  • 3 Mbps
Power PRO
  • $79.99
  • 10 Mbps
  • 2 Mbps
Tier 3 service plan
  • Monthly cost
  • Download speeds up to
  • Upload speeds up to
25 GB Month Data Plan
  • $129.99
  • 12 Mbps
  • 3 Mbps
Prower MAX
  • $99.99
  • 15 Mbps†
  • 2 mbps

^ $39.99 is available to new subscribers with the Connect service plan only. After three months, the monthly fee reverts back to $49.99. $9.99 monthly equipment Lease fee may apply. Offer ends 5/31/14. Restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited.

† Available on the Power MAX Service plan only. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed.

Fair Access Policy (FAP)

+ WildBlue’s Fair Access Policy (FAP) is based on a rolling 30 day limit on data usage per customer called a usage threshold. If you exceed the FAP threshold, your bandwidth (speed) will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day period when your system quota refreshes and you are again within your limits. During this period, your bandwidth will be reduced to 28Kbps until your system refreshes.

++ HughesNet’s Fair Access Policy (FAP) is based on a 24 hour period. If you exceed the Fair Access Policy threshold, your bandwidth (speed) will be reduced for a period of 24 hours. During this period, your bandwidth will be reduced to 56Kbps until your system refreshes.