I have had Hughesnet for a little over 2 years simply because there is no other option where I live. Their claims of "Blazing downloads" is a sham, a lie and fraudulent.
I chose the next to highest plan since I work from home and needed the "speed". The best I ever could get was little better than a Verizon or ATT card. For this, I pay $85.00 monthly.
Now they have instituted what they refer to as the "Fair access Plan". They have decided how much you can download for your payment plan. Mine is 450 meg per 24 hrs. That is, a few u tube clips, pictures from family "maybe". The biggest issue is work.
Both my lady and I work from home with large files. Without warning, or prior notice, the normal (albeit dubious) speed was reduced to the point only one of us could even connect, let alone try and work.
When I contacted them, first I spoke with (listened to a non-English speaker in Bombay), then tried the online contact. I was told about the policy and the only remedy is buying a "token" to restore normal speed.
I have begun to look for office space to rent. When we work at her home, we work through a cable modem, 100 times faster than Hughes, at 2/3 the price with NO applied allowance for downloads.
Do yourself a favor. Do not, under any circumstances, purchase, rent equipment from or deal with this company. They are a fraud and a sham.