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Satellite internet connects hard-to-reach homes

And unlimited satellite internet lets you do more with your connection—without extra data fees.

What is satellite internet?

Most internet providers send data to your home over underground wiring. Satellite internet service, on the other hand, sends data to and from your home using satellites orbiting Earth.

Is satellite internet “good”?

Because satellites can beam internet signal anywhere on the planet, they’re especially effective at getting service to rural areas. Far from a last resort, rural satellite internet today brings you the same download speeds you often see in more cosmopolitan areas.

  • Fastest satellite internet speeds run up to 100 Mbps in select areas

  • Unlimited3 satellite internet options remove the stress of overage charges

  • Available in cities and towns across the continental US

3Depending on the specific unlimited data service plan available at your location, after you use the following amount of High-Speed Data, you will continue to receive unlimited data (referred to as “Standard Data”); however, Viasat may prioritize Standard Data behind other customers during network congestion, which will result in slower speeds: Basic 12 (15 GB); Bronze 12 (35 GB, 40 GB or 80 GB); Silver 12 (45 GB); Gold 12 (65 GB); Bronze 25 (35 GB); Silver 25 (60 GB, 100 GB or 120 GB); Gold 30 (100 GB or 200 GB); Gold 50 (100 GB or 200 GB), Platinum 30 (150 GB ), Platinum 50 (150 GB) and Platinum 100 (150 GB or 300 GB). Streaming video quality is “up to,” will vary and is not guaranteed.

How does satellite internet work?

All internet service providers (ISPs) use a wired or wireless network to send data requests from point A (your phone or computer) to point B (the servers of the app or website you’re visiting) and back again.

Cable, fiber, and DSL providers use underground wired networks to send this data back and forth. Satellite providers use radio waves that travel to space and back with a latency of <1 second.

Step 1
You click a news article. Your phone sends the data request to your home satellite dish.

Step 2
Your home satellite dish beams the article request up to your ISP’s satellites.

Step 3
The satellites bounce the request back down to your ISP’s ground stations.

Step 4
Your ISP’s ground station requests the article text from the publication’s servers.

Step 5
The server sends the article text along the same path right back to your satellite dish and phone.

What satellite internet speed is right for me?

If you’ve depended on dial-up for the last 20 years, even the slowest high-speed satellite internet plan gives you more ways to spend your time online. If you have more than a few people and connected devices under your roof, though, you may want even faster speeds.

For help choosing the best satellite internet connection speed, glance at the overview below or view the full guide.

Ideal for 1–2 devices

Best for checking email, banking, and online shopping





Ideal for 2–3 devices

Best for video chat, telecommuting, and light streaming

Ideal for 3–5 devices

Best for video conferencing and HD streaming

Ideal for 6+ devices

Best for using a variety of connected devices at the same time

Satellite internet: Good for streaming?

With unlimited satellite internet service becoming more widely available, you can now stream the same news clips, YouTube tutorials, and TikTok videos as everyone else without worrying about overage charges.

Depending on the specific unlimited data service plan available at your location, after you use the following amount of High-Speed Data, you will continue to receive unlimited data (referred to as “Standard Data”); however, Viasat may prioritize Standard Data behind other customers during network congestion, which will result in slower speeds: Basic 12 (15 GB); Bronze 12 (35 GB, 40 GB or 80 GB); Silver 12 (45 GB); Gold 12 (65 GB); Bronze 25 (35 GB); Silver 25 (60 GB, 100 GB or 120 GB); Gold 30 (100 GB or 200 GB); Gold 50 (100 GB or 200 GB), Platinum 30 (150 GB ), Platinum 50 (150 GB) and Platinum 100 (150 GB or 300 GB). Streaming video quality is “up to,” will vary and is not guaranteed.

Satellite internet vs. cable service

Nationwide, cable and satellite providers serve more areas than other internet providers—but many cable providers still won’t serve rural areas. Satellite service bridges that digital divide with reliable high-speed internet access that doesn’t require you to live uptown.

Satellite internet access

Best for rural communities
  • Widely available throughout the United States, especially in remote areas

  • Delivered via wireless satellite system

  • Comes with metered or unlimited data depending on availability

  • Requires professional installation

  • Download speeds as fast as 100 Mbps in select areas

Cable internet access

Best for urban communities
  • Less availability, with service usually limited to cities and suburbs

  • Delivered via wired networks that require proximity to be cost-effective

  • Usually comes with unlimited data

  • Often requires professional installation

  • Download speeds as fast as 2,000 Mbps in select areas

Shop satellite internet plans

Have a look at satellite broadband speeds and prices available in your area.

One-time standard installation fee may be charged at the time of the sale. Minimum 24-month service term. Equipment lease fee is $12.99/mo. Taxes apply. Speeds and streaming video quality are “up to,” are not guaranteed, and will vary. Service not available in all areas. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Viasat and the Viasat logo are trademarks of Viasat, Inc.

1The price lock guarantee applies only to the standard monthly internet service fee and the monthly equipment lease fee (in each case, before any promotional discounts) and excludes all taxes and surcharges.

2Cancellation of EasyCare within 90 days after purchase may result in charges for EasyCare services previously received. Re-enrollment in EasyCare may be restricted for up to 180 days after cancellation. EasyCare not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

3Depending on the specific unlimited data service plan available at your location, after you use the following amount of High-Speed Data, you will continue to receive unlimited data (referred to as “Standard Data”); however, Viasat may prioritize Standard Data behind other customers during network congestion, which will result in slower speeds: Basic 12 (15 GB); Bronze 12 (35 GB, 40 GB or 80 GB); Silver 12 (45 GB); Gold 12 (65 GB); Bronze 25 (35 GB); Silver 25 (60 GB, 100 GB or 120 GB); Gold 30 (100 GB or 200 GB); Gold 50 (100 GB or 200 GB), Platinum 30 (150 GB ), Platinum 50 (150 GB) and Platinum 100 (150 GB or 300 GB). Streaming video quality is “up to,” will vary and is not guaranteed.

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