KU or KA?
were you on hughesnet KU band(7000 unit) or the hughesnet KA band(hn9000 for the spaceway3 satellite)?
Actually the future of satellite internet(for a few minutes) will be ViaSat1(late 2011) and Hughesnet Jupiter(third quarter 2012). With higher throughput, but still limitations in daily or monthly bandwidth usage.
And the satellite users bandwidth will vary depending on location. where there are many users(spread out), but little incentive(give telco lots of money and then a few bucks more) to put DSL on the telephone lines.
Prisoners are treated better than supposedly free North Americans.