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 broadband network is as fast as fiber or cable, but they’re comparable to DSL wired transmission. HughesNet and Rise Broadband serve similar customer bases, but several key differences exist in their internet plans and policies.
As the largest satellite provider in the United States, HughesNet offers satellite service across all 50 states and multiple U.S. territories. Its comprehensive coverage availability provides rural areas access to reliable internet service. HughesNet offers phone service as an add-on, but don’t expect TV.
With service availability in 18 states, Rise Broadband is the largest fixed wireless provider in the U.S. Rise Broadband provides fixed wireless internet plans with speeds up to 100 Mbps by using radio signals from broadcast towers that are typically fewer than 10 miles from a user’s location to ensure quality service. Like HughesNet, Rise Broadband offers only internet and phone service.