HughesNet vs. Rise Broadband

A Side-by-Side Comparison of HughesNet and Rise Broadband Internet Service in 2021

HughesNet and Rise Broadband both specialize in providing internet service to customers in rural communities with limited access to hardwired communications networks—HughesNet via satellite transmission and Rise Broadband through fixed wireless connections. Neither of these broadband networks are as fast as fiber or cable, but are comparable to DSL wired transmission. While both HughesNet and Rise Broadband serve similar customer bases, there are several key differences in their internet plans and policies. The comparison below clarify many of these differences.

HughesNet Info

Price Range


Rise Broadband Info

Price Range


HughesNet vs. Rise Broadband Comparison
Provider HughesNet Rise Broadband
Speed 25 Mbps 25 Mbps
Pricing $59.99-149.99/mo. $55/mo.
Service Type Satellite Fixed Wireless
HughesNet vs. Rise Broadband FEATURE COMPARISON
Provider HughesNet Rise Broadband
High-Speed Plans No No
Unlimited Data No Yes
Contract-Free Plans No Yes
TV Service No No
Phone Service Yes Yes

HughesNet Internet Deals †

Last updated on 11/24/2021

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with HughesNet.

Rise Broadband Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/31/2021

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Rise Broadband.

HughesNet vs. Rise Broadband Performance Overview

As the largest satellite provider in the United States, HughesNet serves satellite service across all 50 states. Its wide coverage availability provides rural areas access to reliable internet services. Currently, Hughesnet offers internet plans with speeds up to 25 Mbps and continues to make efforts to upgrade their network to increase speed ranges for their customers. Along with internet, HughesNet also offers phone service but not TV.

With service availability to approximately 25.7 million people, Rise Broadband is the largest U.S. provider of fixed wireless. Rise Broadband provides fixed wireless internet plans with speeds up to 50 Mbps by using radio signals from broadcast towers that are typically less than 10 miles from a user’s location to ensure quality service. Like HughesNet, Rise Broadband only offers internet and phone service. While they do not offer their own TV service, customers can add TV service to their Rise Broadband plan through DirecTV or DISH Network.

HughesNet Installation

HughesNet offers a standard installation that may cost up to $199.99 with a possible additional set-up fee of $99.

These fees can be reduced or may be waived with select internet plans or for new HughesNet customers. HughesNet offers the option to either buy or lease a satellite dish and modem. Customers can choose to purchase the equipment for a fee of $349.98, with an additional installation fee of $199.99. Leasing the equipment will incur a fee of $9.99/month for the first year and can raise thereafter. There is no installation fee for leased equipment, although the provider charges a $99 set-up fee.

Rise Broadband Installation

Rise Broadband’s installation process for fixed wireless service requires a receiver dish, which costs $75 for set-up and professional installation.

This fee can sometimes be reduced by choosing a two-year contract plan. Rise Broadband customers can expect to pay additional fees to lease a modem ($10.99/month) and receiver dish ($11/month). Select plans offer equipment rentals free of charge. Customers can also use their own router as long as its compatible with the service. All equipment must be returned upon termination of service to avoid a $300 fee.

HughesNet Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

All HughesNet plans require a 24-month contract.

If the contract is canceled within the first 90 days, HughesNet customers will be responsible for an early termination fee (ETF) of $400. However, the ETF reduces $15 for every month of service thereafter. HughesNet customers have the option of purchasing a satellite dish and modem combo for a one-time fee of $349.98 or rent the equipment for a fee ranging from $9.99-14.99/month. No monthly fees are charged to customers who purchase the equipment, but will be subject to an additional installation fee of $199.99.

Rise Broadband Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Rise Broadband offers month-to-month internet plans as well as two-year contracts.

Contract plans usually have higher data allowances and lower rates and fees than non-contract plans. If Rise Broadband customers opt out of their contracts early, they may be charged early termination fees up to $250, depending on contract length and terms. The provider charges $11/month for receiver dish rental and $10.99/month for modem rental. You must return all leased equipment upon cancellation of service or you will face a penalty of $300. Customers also have the option of providing their own router as long as it is compatible with Rise Broadband’s services.

HughesNet Data Caps

HughesNet offers internet-only plans with monthly data caps ranging from 10-50 GB. Users who exceed their caps remain connected to the internet, but with reduced connection speed. HughesNet customers are given an additional 50 GB of data to use during the hours of 2-8am.

Rise Broadband Data Caps

Rise Broadband offers internet-only plans with data cap restrictions up to 250 GB. Select plans supply unlimited data.

I LOVE Hughesnet!!

on April 04, 2019

Got my wifi installed in 2 days from the date I ordered it. Fabulous customer service, very courteous & polite technician. Fast speed. I'm very satisfied with my HughesNet!

Buffering problem

on February 10, 2021

I was experiencing buffering problems but the customer service representative solved the problem by switching channels and I appreciate his service as a representative. Thank you.


on May 08, 2020

In 2014, we found Rise Broadband. We live out in the country so cable and wired internet are nonexistent. They came out free of charge and let us know that they could put up an antenna that would give us fast internet. 6yrs later we still have great internet! From the service tech to customer service to their tech support, we have had nothing but fantastic service! They are friendly, helpful and find us the best rate when they have promotions too. I am a teacher and with this online teaching/learning from home, Rise Broadband has been flawless and even upgraded to faster unlimited that was even more savings! Happy customer right here!! Thank you!!

Rise Broadband

Denise, Thank you so much for recommending Rise Broadband! We are so pleased that you are happy with your service. Do you know about our referral program? Refer a friend or neighbor and get $50 for every referral. Here's more information: Thank you for being a loyal Rise Broadband customer. Have a great day!

So far VERY satisfied

on July 06, 2021

I live in the High Rockies in Colorado. I had one of the satellite services and it was TRULY AWFUL!! Outrageously expensive and absolute trash service. Often I couldn’t stream one movie with anything else using the internet. I thought I had no other options and resigned myself that was the reality of the remote location where I live. I found Rise Broadband and they said they were available at my address at a price I thought was reasonable. The customer service and installation technician were great as well. So far the internet service is 1000 times better than what I previously had. I’m watching the Suns hopefully win their first NBA championship and the channel I’m watching has worked perfectly. I’m optimistic the service will continue to perform well.

HughesNet vs. Rise Broadband Coverage Availability

HughesNet Coverage & Availability

Rise Broadband Coverage & Availability

Frequently Asked Questions about HughesNet & Rise Broadband Internet Services

  • Is HughesNet cheaper than Rise Broadband?

    HughesNet’s internet-only plans run from $39.99-149.99/month, which are more expensive than Rise Broadband’s plans ranging from $29.95-59.99/month.

  • Who has faster speeds? HughesNet or Rise Broadband?

    Both providers offer comparable speeds. HughesNet’s internet plans offer speeds up to 25 Mbps while Rise Broadband offers speeds that range from 25-50 Mbps.

  • Do HughesNet and Rise Broadband have unlimited data?

    HughesNet does not offer unlimited data with any of its plans. However, Rise Broadband provides unlimited data with a few of its internet-only plans.

  • Do HughesNet and Rise Broadband require a contract?

    All HughesNet plans require customers to sign a two-year contract. On the contrary, Rise Broadband customers have the choice of month-to-month, no contract service, or a two-year contract.