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What is Viasat internet?

Viasat is one of the top nationwide satellite internet providers and is known for having some of the fastest speeds available using satellite technology. If you live in a remote area, you need the speed and reliability that only satellite internet delivers. Viasat (formerly Exede) gives you many plans to choose from, with varying download speeds and video streaming options.

With features like download speeds up to 100 Mbps (where available), the ability to connect multiple devices with home Wi-Fi and a two-year price lock guarantee, Viasat might be the rural internet solution you’ve been looking for.

What we like

  • Widespread availability
  • Three-month introductory pricing
  • Fast speeds for rural areas

Things to consider

  • Two-year contracts required with some plans
  • Data reprioritization after limit 
  • Limited speed offering

Viasat internet speeds and pricing

Take a look at the different plans that Viasat offers, ranging from speeds of 12 to 100 Mbps. Keep in mind, plan availability will differ by serviceable area.

Liberty plans: Aside from Viasat’s four standard internet plan options, Viasat offers three priority data packages, where available. What’s different about Liberty Plans? You can maintain download speeds up to 5 Mbps during daytime hours, even if you exceed your data allowance. 

Viasat Flex: Since 2019, Viasat began offering a new service called Viasat Flex. Viasat Flex is a type of channel-bonding technology that uses two separate modems and special Viasat software to seamlessly switch your internet connection will between DSL and satellite service to reduce latency. Online activities such as streaming, large file downloads and gaming will be enhanced by an overall reduction in lag time.

Does Viasat have data caps?

While Viasat internet technically offers unlimited data, they do enforce a tiered system of “data thresholds.” Essentially, once you exceed your plan’s threshold, your internet speed will be throttled, i.e. slowed down significantly, until your next billing cycle begins. 

Data thresholds

Viasat plans offer four levels of data — 40, 60, 100 and 150 GB. How much online time will that net you? According to amaysim.com, it depends on your activities: 

  • To stream video in HD it takes 3GB/hr
  • To host a video call it takes 8 MB/min
  • To surf the web it takes 2.5 MB/min

The Free Zone

The Free Zone is a block of time when data usage does not count toward your monthly data allowance. Many Viasat customers use the Free Zone for more data-intensive activities, such as downloading updates or uploading photos. Free Zone hours are not offered with all Viasat plans.

The best Viasat plans 

Wondering how to choose the best Viasat plan for your household? Here’s our breakdown of Viasat’s four standard internet plans. 

  • Unlimited Bronze 12 — Best for basic browsing and checking email in households with less than one to two internet users
  • Unlimited Silver 25 — Best for browsing and simple online activities in households with less than four users
  • Unlimited Gold 50 — Best for internet users who plan on streaming 20-25 hours of video a month (in HD) 
  • Unlimited Platinum 100 — Best for users who plan on streaming more than 25 hours of video a month, or for households with more than four users

Viasat equipment, contracts and fees 

Additional features of Viasat internet plans

To further enhance your satellite internet experience, choose from additional Viasat-specific services. 

Faster online browsing with the Viasat browser

The proprietary Viasat browser speeds up average page load times and saves on your monthly data amount by blocking unwanted ads. And it looks virtually identical to browsers you already know and love, like Google Chrome.

Superior security through Viasat Shield

With the Viasat Shield app, monitoring your home network for security threats is as easy as set-it-and-forget-it. Just download the app to experience continuous security monitoring, or opt for the Viasat Shield premium for $5.99/mo.* for even more device protection.

Bundle Viasat internet with DIRECTV or home phone

How does Viasat compare to other providers?

Viasat is a leading satellite internet provider along with HughesNet. Like Viasat, HughesNet also offers unlimited data, phone service and bundles. Overall, Viasat compares favorably to HughesNet, due to Viasat’s faster speeds and higher data caps. Check out our satellite internet page for more details about how these two providers compare.

Viasat vs. HughesNet 


  • Prices start at $50.00/mo.
  • Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Data allowance between 40-150 GB, depending on plan
  • Two-year contract


  • Prices start at $59.99/mo.
  • Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Data allowance between 10-50 GB, depending on plan
  • Two-year contract

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Viasat internet FAQs

Is Viasat good for streaming Netflix?

Yes. Streaming Netflix on Viasat internet service is possible. Viasat offers speeds up to 100 Mbps and Netflix recommends a minimum of 3 Mbps speed to stream in SD quality. Keep in mind that the more simultaneous streams you have in your home could affect the quality of streaming services.

Like any satellite internet provider, Viasat can be affected by extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rain, wind or snow. However, Viasat outages are typically resolved within 20 minutes.

No. Viasat does not require a phone line. To get Viasat internet at your home, you need a satellite dish and a clear view of the sky. You can, however, bundle your Viasat internet services with Viasat home phone service. Viasat uses voice-over Internet Protocol, also known as VoIP service, to provide nationwide calling and phone service to Canada.

Viasat only provides satellite internet and voice service. If you are looking for TV services, you can use any TV provider available in your area. Good options for Viasat customers include DIRECTV, DISH or AT&T TV, as these TV providers are available virtually everywhere.

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Taylor Gadsden

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Taylor Gadsden

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Taylor is a veteran member of the Allconnect content team and has spearheaded a number of projects, including a data piece on the top fiber cities in the U.S. and a troubleshooting guide on how to connect your p… Read more

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