Viasat vs Rise Broadband: Extra Fees and Contracts
Viasat charges a professional installation fee of $99 in most areas, but the fee is often waived for new customers.
Viasat requires the professional installation of a satellite dish, which must have a clear view of the sky. Non-standard installations that require extra materials or labor may incur additional charges.
Rise Broadband customers must have a receiver dish installed to receive the provider’s fixed wireless transmission signal.
For professional installation with Rise Broadband, customers are charged $75 to have the equipment installed, although this fee may vary by location. Contract terms or promotions may reduce or eliminate the fee. Routers are provided free of charge.
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Viasat offers both 24-month contract plans and non-contract plans.
Non-contract plans require a $300 non-refundable upfront fee. Early termination of a Viasat contract plan will result in a fee of $15 for each month remaining on the agreement. Customers have the option to lease a Viasat dish for $9.99/month or pay a one-time “lifetime lease” fee of $299. All equipment must be returned to the provider upon termination of service, or additional equipment charges will be assessed.
Like Viasat, Rise Broadband customers can either opt for a 2-year contract or go contract-free.
Data caps are usually higher and rates and fees are generally lower with contract plans. Early termination fees for customers who cancel their contract early can be as high as $250. For most Rise Broadband plans, the receiver dish rental fees cost $11/month and the modem rental fee cost $10.99/month. Routers and related equipment are provided at no charge. Equipment must be returned to Rise Broadband following contract termination or customers face a $300 penalty.
Viasat offers internet plans with monthly data cap limits up to 50 GB. If you exceed the cap limit, you will still have internet access but with significantly slower speeds.
Rise Broadband employs a monthly data cap limit up to 250 GB and offers unlimited data with select plans.