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Harnessing the power of 40 years of experience working with satellite technology, HughesNet is the company to get the job done the fastest, most cost effective way. Indeed, HughesNet advertises speeds that range from 10 to an impressive 15 Mbps and was recognized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for living up to its promises more than any other satellite or terrestrial broadband service provider in 2015.

HughesNet has achieved this honor, in large part, by developing an automated support system out of what it has termed “Smart Technologies,” that enables HughesNet to manage bandwidth availability more effectively than the competition.

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In early 2015, HughesNet introduced a new generation of innovative "SmartTechnologies" to further boost the performance of its Gen 4 network. They were developed out of real experience and are uniquely applicable to two of the challenges that any satellite internet provider must confront if it wants to grow or maintain its good reputation: data allowances and limited space on the satellite. In a sense, the former functions as a solution to the latter, but customers will not continue to pay for a solution that feels like a problem for long. The launch of HughesNet's largest, most powerful satellite yet, Jupiter 2, later this year will go a long way to solve both of these issues, but in the meantime, these SmartTechnologies, which work together to more effectively manipulate data and the download process, are carrying HughesNet into the future - and winning it awards along the way.

Hughesnet's suite of SmartTechnologies is comprised of four elements that work together to create America's best satellite internet user experience. SmartFetch is a technology that enables a web page to load faster by decreasing the amount of actions a browser needs to take in order to retrieve content. SmartCompression quite literally remembers where you have been before so that you do not use data downloading information that you have already downloaded. This technology decreases the amount of data used to browse the web by as much as 30 percent, allowing the user to browse longer and get the most out of their data. SmartBrowsing is a feature that enables the customer to continue browsing the web and checking their email even after they have exceeded their data allowance. This technology encourages the customer to make the most out of their internet experience by relieving the worry of what happens after the data is gone. The user can stream music or video, upload pictures to Facebook or Skype with their family with the freedom of knowing that, no matter what, they will be able to send and receive emails, pay their bills online and know what is going on in the world no matter how much data he or she has left. Finally, SmartResources allows the user to manage their experience by providing a real-time update on monthly data consumption and informing them when their SmartBrowsing feature has activated. The user can also purchase extra data, make payments, edit their personal information and more all in the same place.

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More Reasons to Choose HughesNet Over the Others

The unknown can certainly be intimidating, even frightening, and there is a lot of it in rural America, a vast, open space of choices that often look the same in all directions. And finding a fast, reliable internet connection among the choices can feel the same way. Consumers who live in areas where cable lines do not go are often limited to dial-up, satellite, the occasional DSL service, and possibly a handful of fixed wireless providers. Dial-up, as secure and reliable as it is, has speeds that hover around 56 kbps, which is hardly enough to keep up with the fast-paced world that exists, in high-definition video, beyond it. Not only are HughesNet internet speeds exponentially higher than dial-up and much more able to take on the challenges of the modern world in which we work and live, but it competes with dial-up in terms of security as well. HughesNet customers have a dedicated connection to the internet, as opposed to a shared one. Additionally, HughesNet triple encodes the data before transmission, which enhances the security of the information you are sending and receiving even further.

Fixed wireless internet, while a viable option for some consumers who live outside the cable grid, with potentially high speeds, low latency and the ability to expand cheaply and quickly, is still limited in its reach. Not only is it competing in an ever more crowded airspace with mobile technologies as well as other fixed wireless providers, which is a breeding ground for inconsistent speeds and spotty service, but it requires that your home have a clear line of sight to a comparatively low-resting antenna in order to function properly. Satellite technology, by comparison, from its superior vantage point, can reach almost all but the most sheltered home.

Rural customers sometimes have DSL services available to them as well, but they are notoriously unreliable and slow, if they are available at all. Like cable providers, DSL requires an existing infrastructure of wires in order to reach your home. If these wires do reach out into more rural landscapes, they typically do not have the speeds their urban counterparts do. DSL speeds in rural America average around 4 Mbps. By contrast, HughesNet speeds range from up to 10 to 15 Mbps, depending on the plan you order, and unlike cable and DSL services, satellite internet does not rely on a shared connection. Because the customer has a dedicated connection to the internet, speeds tend to be more stable and predictable than other internet technologies, which fluctuate depending on how busy the network is. And speeds up to 15 Mbps are fast enough to do whatever you need or want or dream to do online, from streaming movies to launching a website to Skyping a friend. A variety of HughesNet Plans with a variety of features further allows you to customize your service to your individual online goals and cyberspace dreams.

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All HughesNet service plans require a 24-month service commitment.

† Speeds based on the Elite Plus service plan and compared to dial-up speeds of 53 kbps. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed.

‡ HughesNet is available anywhere in the contiguous U.S. with a clear view of the southern sky, Alaska and Hawaii excluded. When you connect to the Internet using HughesNet, the upload and download speeds you experience will vary based on a variety of factors including the configuration of your computer, the number of concurrent users, network or Internet congestion, the speed of the Websites you are accessing, and other factors. Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of service are not guaranteed During peak hours, actual upload and download speeds will likely be lower than speeds indicated.

HughesNet is a registered trademark of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

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