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Is Satellite Internet as fast as cable?

Typically satellite internet is slower than cable, but it also depends on where you live. Some areas only have access to satellite internet and are obviously the better option than having no internet connection at all. Cable download speeds generally range from 20-100 Mbps, but there are several cable providers who offer speeds above 100 Mbps. Upload speeds are going to be slower than download speeds no matter where you go and generally are between 1 to 5 Mbps. Viasat is a satellite internet provider who offers the highest download speeds available across the United States. The highest download speeds offered are up to 100 Mbps but it is not common and it depends where you live. Viasat offers speeds between 12 and 100 Mbps though, so there is a wide range of options for customers. Latency is a big difference between cable and satellite internet. Latency is the delay in the transfer of signals between senders and receivers. With satellites being tens of thousands of miles above the earth's surface it takes longer than cable signals do. The latency for cable ranges from 25 to 500ms while satellite internet latency ranges from 1000 to 2000ms. This can affect different activities like streaming and gaming online so that might affect your decision between the two. Overall cable will generally be faster than satellite internet and will be the better choice, but if you don’t have access to cable then satellite internet is perfect for you.