All Viasat Internet plans come with our fastest speeds available in your area. The only difference between the plans is the amount of data you can use every month, your data allowance. Here’s the official policy document.
View Data Allowance Policy
Starting on the first day of your monthly billing period, all uploaded and downloaded data you use counts toward your data allowance, except from midnight to 5 a.m. (Classic plans) or 3 a.m to 8 a.m. (Evolution) or 3 to 6 a.m (Liberty 5, 25 and 50). That’s the Free Zone, when usage is unmetered and does not count toward your allowance. This is a great time to schedule larger downloads like movies, software updates and cloud backups.
You will receive a courtesy notification email when your usage reaches 70% of your data allowance in a monthly measurement period. We will send a second email alerting you when you’ve reached 100% of your data allowance.
If your total data usage exceeds the data allowance, we may significantly slow and/or restrict your service until the end of your monthly measurement period. At the end of each monthly measurement period, your data usage meter resets to zero and you can use your full data allowance again. If your service has been slowed and/or restricted due to excessive use, it will be restored.
No, you don’t need it. If you have the Freedom Plan, you get virtually unlimited data without a strict data allowance during all hours of the day and night. That means you don’t need to wait until the wee hours to download movies, music and other big files. For more details, please see the Bandwidth Usage Policy associated with the Freedom plan.
We encourage you to monitor your usage. Customers who receive their Viasat Internet bill directly from us and not through another provider such as DISH or a local telephone or electric company, may review their current data usage online:
No, usage records are sent from the modem in 15-minute intervals. So even if you unplug your modem to check the meter, it will record usage and send those records once the modem is plugged back in, making it appear as if usage was incurred while the modem was unplugged.
See the chart below to review the policy from the company that sends your monthly service bill. Please note that these policies may be called the “Fair Access Policy” rather than the “Data Allowance Policy.”
No, the WildBlue service is measured using a different data allowance policy.
Click here for more details.
Yes, your speeds and access will return to normal during the Free Zone, even if you have no data allowance remaining during your billing cycle
Evolution gives you unlimited access to web pages and email, with some restrictions. It also has a 5GB data allowance for everything else, such as video, music streaming, downloads and more.
There is no data allowance. Customers who use greater than 150 GBs of data during their monthly billing period may be contacted and given the option to reduce their usage or transition to another service plan per the Bandwidth Usage Policy. Service is for residential and non-commercial use only.
Some activities use more data than others. Here are a few examples.
For discussion about these situations, please visit our online community.
We have two Viasat services available, depending on your region.
Exede12: a 12 Mbps downstream / 3 Mbps upstream service in the regions covered by our new ViaSat-1 satellite. That’s 8 out of 10 households in the U.S.
Exede5: a 5 Mbps downstream / 1 Mbps upstream service for most of the rest of the nation.
Give us a call at 844-753-9199 and one of our trained agents will help you decide which is the right plan for you.
Yes. We believe that you should not have to pay extra in order to get the highest speed we offer.
Viasat high-speed internet is the culmination of a process that began in 2008 when Viasat started construction on its next-generation satellite, ViaSat-1. In early 2018, ViaSat-2 will go into service. This technology delivers the most significant capacity leap in the history of satellite technology.
The reason older versions of satellite internet service were slow had more to do with the technology available at the time than latency. Our satellites are in orbit a bit more than 22,000 miles above the Earth, but the speed of light is approximately 186,282 miles per second. So while there is a tiny bit of latency, it’s not enough to make a big difference in most uses of the internet.
Our new service incorporates groundbreaking web acceleration technology which dramatically speeds up page load times, minimizing the effect of latency. So in addition to the much higher speeds enabled by our high capacity satellite, you will experience a much faster, more responsive web browsing experience.
Yes. We offer Voice, which is optimized specifically for our network and includes unlimited local and long-distance calling in the U.S. and Canada. Learn lots more on the Voice web pages.
Other VoIP services usually work fine with Viasat, but you’ll likely see much better results with Voice. Plus, calls don’t count toward your data allowance as they would with other VoIP services.
Virtual Private Networks (‘VPN’) and other remote computer access software such as those used to connect business servers to at-home workers may be very slow with Viasat Internet. Some VPNs may not work at all.
The performance of some games is very poor. Or some may not work at all. Read more on how latency impacts gaming.
A certified professional installer quickly and efficiently installs equipment and activates the Viasat Internet service at your chosen location. The satellite mini-dish is about 30 inches wide x 28 inches high and can be easily mounted on a roof, outside wall or in the ground. A cable from the dish connects to the modem which connects to your computer via an Ethernet connection. Learn more about the installation process.
No, installation requires an installation professional to make sure that the dish is pointed at the satellite accurately and to verify that all connections are made properly.
The Viasat dish comes under the FCC Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule. This means it has the same classification as other residential dishes like satellite television and legally permissible for mounting on your home. As always, please check with your HOA for specific rules and covenants.
Absolutely. As a valued current customer, we want you to experience the super-fast speeds of Viasat Internet. The upgrade will require a brand new satellite dish and modem which will be installed and configured by a certified technician. We may be able to use the existing wiring and bracket for the satellite dish outside your home. The new service does require a new 24-month contract to get started, but there is usually no fee for upgrading. Please call us at 855-463-9333 so we can fill you in on all the details.
We remain dedicated to providing high quality service to customers who wish to continue their WildBlue service. In fact, since the launch of Viasat Internet, we have implemented technology upgrades for WildBlue customers that have resulted in much faster speeds. Learn more here.
Viasat is the company delivering both the existing WildBlue service and the Viasat service. Viasat is an innovator and leader in the satellite industry, providing in-flight Wi-Fi on commercial airlines, and other products and services for consumers, businesses, the U.S. military, and the U.S. government. For more information, please visit www.viasat.com.
Yes, if you qualify. Click here to learn more.