The HughesNet Gen4 Power Plans are available only through the EchoStar XVII satellite. Certain geographical areas will not be covered by this satellite in its first months of service; coverage will roll out first in select regions and then gradually expand to include additional areas.
Current HughesNet customers that would like to upgrade to the new Power, Power PRO or Power MAX services will need to have the existing modem and transmitter replaced on their existing dish, and have the satellite dish repositioned to communicate with the new Gen 4 satellite. Customers that are still in their 24 month term will pay $199 for the hardware and then pay the Power service fee of $49.99 plus the $9.99 monthly equipment fee. If you are “out of term,” you’ll pay $99 for the hardware and then pay the Power service fee of $49.99 plus the $9.99 monthly equipment fee. In either scenario you will have a new 24 month commitment.
Beginning on October 1, 2012, the new HughesNet Gen4 service will be available to customers living in the Eastern Unites States, as well as most of California, Oregon and Washington State. For customers living in the “Great Planes”, we will be offering the New Power Plans, but the maximum download speeds will be limited to 5 Mbps.