Hughes Net Complaint - Avoid Hughes Net - Satellite Internet Provider
I can say with great Joy that I have finally been able to call Hughes Net and disconnect my service.
A new company in town is now providing wireless internet service from a mountain top transmitter which is twice as fast and $20 per month cheaper than Hughes Net. Being very rural, I have been a Hughes Net customer for several years, during which I have seen a steady decline in the quality of service provided. Slow connection during the busy time of day, and recent frequent bouts with their Fair Access Policy (FAP), which is where they put you in time out for a 24 hour period, slower than dialup. This is a relatively new problem as I have had this service for several years without experiencing FAP. A call to their support group told me I was probably downloading computer updates without my knowledge and this was causing the problem. I started unplugging the modem when I left the office at night so there could not possibly be any use on the network.
I plugged it in and turned it on one morning to find I was once again under their FAP policy for yet another 24 hours. I called again to find out what time of day it was I exceeded my limit, and the time they gave me was during the period I had the modem unplugged. Their representative could not explain how this happened, but reluctantly took off the FAP restriction with a stern warning that she could only do this once in a 30 day period. My guess, and it is only that, is they have oversold the service and are using a "rolling blackout" system similar to CA power companies. In the last two weeks of service, I experienced the FAP penalty 4 times, once when it was unplugged for the entire weekend. When I called to disconnect the service, they of course tried to upgrade me to a more expensive plan, and then wanted me to upgrade all my equipment.
After a short argument I was able to convince them to just stop the service. I was warned that it would be effective immediately, which is what I wanted anyway. My advice would be to see if you have a local wireless internet provider before you sign up for Hughes Net.