HughesNet

Bringing the Internet to America’s Frontier

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HughesNet's Most Popular Service Plans

HughesNet's plans vary by region, so be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with them before ordering service as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time.

10GB

Speeds Up To: 25 Mbps
Data Cap: 10 GB
Starting at: $59.99/mo
  • Bonus Zone: 50GB/month of additional plan data during off-peak hours (2am-8am)
  • 25 Mbps download speeds
  • 3 Mbps upload speeds
  • No Hard Data Limits
  • Video Data Saver
Order Online (866) 245-7479 (866) 245-7479

All speeds, pricing and other specifications are subject to location and availability.

30GB

Speeds Up To: 25 Mbps
Data Cap: 30 GB
Starting at: $89.99/mo
  • Bonus Zone: 50GB/month of additional plan data during off-peak hours (2am-8am)
  • 25 Mbps download speeds
  • 3 Mbps upload speeds
  • No Hard Data Limits
  • Video Data Saver
Order Online (866) 245-7479 (866) 245-7479

All speeds, pricing and other specifications are subject to location and availability.

50GB

Speeds Up To: 25 Mbps
Data Cap: 50 GB
Starting at: $149.99/mo
  • Bonus Zone: 50GB/month of additional plan data during off-peak hours (2am-8am)
  • 25 Mbps download speeds
  • 3 Mbps upload speeds
  • No Hard Data Limits
  • Video Data Saver
Order Online (866) 245-7479 (866) 245-7479

All speeds, pricing and other specifications are subject to location and availability.


HughesNet Pros

  • Available in 98% of the country
  • All that’s needed to connect is a clear line of sight to the southern sky
  • Multiple plans in all markets to choose from
  • Free Standard Installation

HughesNet Cons

  • Operates off of a 2-year contract
  • Requires a satellite dish to be installed
  • Has difficulty with online gaming and VPNs

HughesNet Internet Service

HughesNet currently has the highest coverage area in the nation with all fifty states falling under its service area. One of the two major satellite providers in the nation, HughesNet has focused the core of its business on providing internet to underserved or un-served areas, often rural or small towns. Its recently increased speeds up to 25mbps with the launch of its new Gen 5 satellite, the “EchoStar XIX.” With ninety-eight percent of the country under HughesNet’s coverage area, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll be an option available to any consumer.

HughesNet uses geosynchronous satellites to provide its customers with broadband internet connections. Since HughesNet was initially founded, it’s launched multiple satellites with its latest launch occurring in 2017 with the “EchoStar XIX,” powering HughesNet’s Gen 5 service. This launch allowed the company to reach broadband levels, increasing speeds to 25 Mbps across the board. It also increased the available bandwidth that HughesNet offered its customers as well as simplifying their pricing structure to a tiered system that was based on available data caps. HughesNet does operate off of priority data caps though its internet can be considered unlimited. At no point does HughesNet charge overage prices or shut the internet off if a customer goes over their “priority data” limit, instead just having to deal with reduced speeds until their next billing cycle. If a customer does need more data before their next billing cycle rolls around, HughesNet has made data tokens available, increasing priority data and increasing available speeds in the process.

HughesNet is a great choice for rural customers as wired connections are often completely unavailable in America’s more remote locations. Satellite internet allows them to access the world wide web at broadband speeds allowing for almost any activity. It does have its drawbacks though. The biggest activities this can be seen in is online gaming and virtual private networks. This is in large part due to the latency, or ping, that satellite internet experiences. The time signals take to transmit from the customer’s dish to the satellite to the receiving and then back again can take anywhere from a half-second to a second. For most activities like browsing the internet or streaming video, this latency is almost entirely imperceivable. For gaming though, that often required split-second reaction times, it is unavoidable. VPNs, in particular, are affected, as well. When using a VPN, download speeds even when within the priority data limit can tank anywhere from fifty to seventy-five percent. This reduction in speeds is not guaranteed with some VPN users not having any issues whatsoever. With that being said, it is something to take into account when considering a satellite internet provider.

For many rural customers, satellite internet is going to be one of the only viable options open to them. That doesn’t make it a lesser product though. When choosing the right package for you, assess your needs, your internet usage, and your budget to choose the package that will leave you satisfied and meet all of your digital requirements.

Summary of All Internet Plans for HughesNet

NamePromotionPriceSpeedData Cap
10GB-$59.9925 Mbps10 GB
20GB-$69.9925 Mbps20 GB
30GB-$89.9925 Mbps30 GB
50GB-$149.9925 Mbps50 GB
100GB-$149.9925 Mbps100 GB
HughesNet's plans vary by region, so be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with them before ordering service as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions about HughesNet.

  1. Does HughesNet require a credit check?

    HughesNet does require a credit check for all residential accounts.

  2. If I want to cancel my contract, can I do so?

    Yes, you can. All that’s needed is to pay an early termination fee.

  3. Does HughesNet offer paperless billing and autopay?

    All of HughesNet’s plans included paperless billing and autopay by default.

  4. If I run out of data, do I just have to wait until my next billing period?

    No, you do not. HughesNet has data tokens that can be purchased to increase your data limit.

  5. Will HughesNet be fast enough to stream on services like Netflix and Hulu?

    HughesNet offers broadband speeds more than fast enough to connect to your favorite streaming services.

  6. Does HughesNet offer any wired connections?

    HughesNet operates entirely off of a wireless satellite network.

  7. How large are HughesNet’s data caps?

    HughesNet offers multiple packages that range for those with just one user to packages fit for large families.

  8. Does HughesNet offer any services besides internet access?

    Beyond the internet, HughesNet also offers Voice Over Internet Phone or VOIP.

  9. How long of a contract will I be in with HughesNet?

    When you initially set up your account, the contract runs a 2-year term. After that, it goes month to month.

  10. Can I access HughesNet’s internet network?

    Nearly every area in the nation can connect to HughesNet with 98% of the US covered.

Summary of Top Cities Served by HughesNet

CityCoverageMax SpeedAvg Speed
New York, NY100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Los Angeles, CA100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Chicago, IL100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Brooklyn, NY100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Manhattan, NY100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Houston, TX100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Queens, NY100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Phoenix, AZ94.56%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Philadelphia, PA100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
San Antonio, TX100.00%25 Mbps25 Mbps
Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.

Summary of Top School Districts Served by HughesNet

DistrictGradesMax SpeedAvg Speed
Henning Public PK - 121 Gbps479 Mbps
Fairmount Public 18KG - 121 Gbps465 Mbps
Sebeka Public PK - 121 Gbps463 Mbps
Lasara Independent PK - 121 Gbps461 Mbps
Lidgerwood Public 28PK - 121 Gbps454 Mbps
La Farge PK - 121 Gbps451 Mbps
Franklin Community School CorporationKG - 121 Gbps449 Mbps
Glen Ullin Public 48KG - 121 Gbps440 Mbps
Kickapoo Area PK - 121 Gbps440 Mbps
Bethel-Tate Local PK - 121 Gbps440 Mbps
Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.