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Satellite Internet Providers

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Providers Offering Satellite Service

We've found 4 providers offering Satellite service in the US. Below are stats on their coverage and speeds.

HughesNet308,745,5385325 mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)308,511,22351100 mbps
Big Bend Telephone Company13,77513.0 mbps

    Why Are There So Few Satellite Internet Providers in the USA?

    As of 2018, their are 4 Satellite Internet providers with coverage in the US. Most of these are available nationwide, with HughesNet and Viasat (formerly Exede) being the main options for consumer Internet.

    Like other Internet technologies, the trend over the past ten years has been for companies to merge, leading to a reduction of consumer choice. With satellite, this is partly caused by technical requirements: launching and maintaining satellites is extremely expensive, so it makes sense that only a handful of companies can afford to compete.

    Satellite is also slow and laggy compared to wired Internet, which is why cable, fiber, and DSL dominate the playing field for most Americans. These services tend to be faster, more reliable, and more competitive than satellite Internet.

    That said, satellite Internet service has carved out an essential niche for itself through the years, and serves as an Internet lifeline for rural customers. If current trends continue, it may also have an exciting future ahead of it.

    What is a Satellite Internet Provider?

    Satellite Internet providers deliver service via satellite. Data travels from remote servers to broadcast stations connected to a provider’s satellite (or multiple satellites). This satellite then transmits directly to consumers, via dishes installed on their property. See our guide to how satellite Internet works for more technical details on frequencies used, hardware, and etc.