dishNet is Dish’s solution to high speed internet for customers living outside of the established grid of cable and wire infrastructures that serve much of the urban and suburban population in the United States.
Dish became a satellite internet provider in late 2012, four years after its separation from EchoStar, and just as satellite internet technology was beginning to establish satellite internet as a superior, faster solution to rural America’s need for high speed and reliable internet service than their two other prominent solutions. Until then, dial-up, which service offers speeds that average around 56 Kbps and, if they were lucky, DSL providers, which services continue to be inconsistent with speeds ranging downward from around 4 Mbps, were customers’ only options for internet access.
dishNet delivers its internet service utilizing a combination of the two prominent, national satellite internet providers, Viasat and HughesNet, which places it in a unique position to offer the best possible satellite internet experience depending on the area in which the customer lives. Like all satellite internet providers, dishNet delivers high speed internet to a satellite dish that is professionally installed on the roof of the customer’s home. dishNet service is available throughout the United States, including some areas of Alaska and Hawaii.
dishNet offers three plans that range in price and size, so that a customer can make a decision based on his or her individual needs. Plans range in price from $49.99 to $79.99, and customers can purchase data allowances that range from 10 gigabytes up to an impressive 50 gigabytes, depending on their geographical location. And Rural America can expect speeds and data allowances to increase dramatically over the next year. To put it into perspective, the average internet speed that a satellite internet user could hope to receive five years ago was around 1.5 Mbps. Three years ago, a customer’s expectations could be a little higher, with speeds averaging around 3 Mbps. These days, the average speed a satellite internet user can expect is closer to 10 Mbps.
Both national satellite internet providers expect to launch new satellites in the coming year, which will dramatically boost speeds and the size of data allowances that are available to customers. dishNet is in a position to take advantage of both of these new satellites, which makes it a particularly attractive choice for customers, not to mention Dish Network’s longstanding success as a satellite television provider with a devoted customer base and award-winning technology. dishNet customers also receive a discount for bundling their television and internet services, and with Dish’s award-winning television programming and DVR technology, a dishNet customer gets the best of all three satellite technology powerhouses in two services bundled into one.
dishNet offers three different service plans that range in size from 10 to 50 gigabytes of data usage, depending on where you live. If you are new to the country and have never had to deal with data allowances before, it is wise to consult with an expert to discuss what activities you most like to do online. If your primary concern is your budget, and your online activities are primarily comprised of sending and receiving email, researching, reading the occasional article and paying online bills, then the basic, most inexpensive package would suit your needs perfectly. If, however, you stream a lot of video, you would want to consider a plan that offers you a larger data allowance. If you upload a lot of photos to your website or social media, you may want to consider a plan that gives you a higher upload speed. There are many factors to consider when purchasing a data plan, but the great thing about dishNet is that, if you decide you need more or less data after you have already selected a plan, you can upgrade or downgrade at any time for free.
Additionally, all dishNet plans come with a generous amount of bonus data. Bonus data can only be used during off-peak hours and is a great backup resource for scheduled software updates, unusually hefty downloads and even the occasional late night video-streaming session. If you exceed your data allowance in any given month, Dish offers a couple of options to restore your speed. You can upgrade your service to the next plan, which is a great option if you notice that you are consistently running out of data a few days before the end of your monthly billing cycle every month. If you have company visiting and think you will need more data than usual, you can always upgrade your plan for one month and downgrade the next month. Additionally, customers can opt to purchase additional data in one gigabyte increments.
dishNet also offers “plus” plans that allow you to continue using your internet access to browse the web, send and receive emails, read articles and pay bills online once you have exceeded your monthly data allowance (availability depends upon geographical location). This feature allows you to enjoy your monthly data allowance doing the things that you love to do without worrying about what happens should you run out. Additionally, dishNet makes staying in touch with how much data you are using quick and convenient with an online data usage meter available at mydish.com. Here, you can also purchase additional data, upgrade or downgrade your plan or pay your monthly bills all in the same place. And Dish’s award-winning, 24/7 customer service is always a phone call away.