Viasat doesn’t throttle in the same way as other satellite internet providers. Other providers will automatically knock your download speed down to 1 to 3 Mbps, and usually closer to 1 Mbps. Viasat, on the other hand, simply prioritizes the data of users who haven’t used up their data allowance. This means you’ll experience noticeable slowing during peak network hours, but little to no difference when network traffic is low.

There are two ways to stop the throttling. The first is to conserve your data. Viasat provides generous data allowances compared to its biggest competitors, but you will still need to use it carefully. By streaming your videos in lower quality (especially when on smaller screens where you can’t tell the difference), blocking pop up ads, and closing apps and tabs on devices you aren’t currently using, you can make your data last a lot longer.

The second way to stop throttling is to upgrade your account. Viasat provides some plans with up to 300 GB per month, though this will depend on your location. You can see what plans are available to you by visiting the Viasat website and putting in your address. You can use your Viasat app to upgrade your subscription with the push of a few buttons. This should make a big difference in keeping your speeds up all month long.

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