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Weekend of November 16, 2018 – Hour 1

Tech News and Commentary

Dave and the team discuss Amazon’s HQ2s, Dubai police and over bikes, Stan Lee’s and Douglas Rain’s passings, and more.


Dubai’s hoverbikes

Gary in Sartell, Minnesota listens on AM 1450 KNSI and asked: “I’m looking for broadband service. Mine has been cut off at the moment and so I’m left with satellite service. I don’t want to go there. I know it’s not a good choice. Between ViaSat and HughesNet – or maybe someone else you guys can think of – I’ve had hotspots from Verizon, but I don’t get a good signal.


Gary, satellite service has improved a great deal recently. We’ve had good experiences with HugesNet’s new technology. 

It’s still satellite, and there’s still more latency that you’d get with Earth-based services, since there’s that whole “going into space and coming back” issue, but the speeds have improved dramatically. Just a few years ago we were getting 1mbps in our satellite service, but in recent years that has gone to full speeds comparable to what you would expect from any broadband source.

The noticeable difference is the lag before the download, but the download itself is reasonable. 

The noticeable difference is the lag before the download

One thing you may want to look out for are data caps, those tend to be much more common and much lower than anything you’d get with regular broadband.

And the prices tend to be based on how much data you use. HughesNet’s plans, for instance are all the same speed – 25mbps – but what you pay depends on how much data you think you’ll use. Their plans start at $50 a month for 10GB of data, and go all the way up to $130 a month for 50 GB of data. If you use more, they will throttle you down to between 1 and 3mbps until the next billing cycle.

If Verizon can’t get good service around you, it may be worth checking out other cell phone companies too, in case anyone does happen to have a tower nearby that can reach you better. If that’s the case, you should be able to find a hotspot-only device from that company that doesn’t require you to switch your phone service if you don’t want to.

Unfortunately, as you’re probably well aware of by now, internet service is dependent on the infrastructure being there to support it, so everyone’s choices are limited and if you already lost one of your possible options, you’re probably down to the last few available.

If you can’t get it through cable or DSL, and your cell phone service is not strong enough, satellite is not the bad service you were once stuck with, but your new best friend, if it didn’t exist, you’d be offline. You may be pleasantly surprised by the speeds you get, just don’t compare them to what you used to get with a land-based service.


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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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