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Hughes Communications is a provider of satellite-based communications services. The company operates its satellite business through its wholly owned subsidiary, HughesNet.

In 2011, Hughes was acquired by EchoStar in a deal valued at US$1.3 billion.


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Hughes Network Systems

A wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes Network Systems is a provider of broadband satellite network products for businesses and consumers. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, it maintains sales and support offices worldwide and employs approximately 1,500 people, in engineering, operations, marketing, sales and support. It also operates manufacturing facilities in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It first opened its doors in 1971 as a division of Hughes Aircraft's GM-merged subsidiary Hughes Electronics, which expanded in 1987 with the purchase of M/A-COM Telecommunications. In January 2003, the company was sold to SkyTerra Communications.

HughesNet


HughesNet is the brand under which Hughes Network Systems provides its one-way and two-way satellite Internet access technology and service in United States and Europe. HughesNet provides high-speed satellite internet access across the contiguous United States in areas with a clear view of the southern sky. Originally branded as DirecPC and later DirecWay, it originally marketed to business customers as a side venture to the consumer product DirecTV. In October 1996, operating as an independent entity, Hughes Communications expanded into the consumer market, primarily targeting "work-at-home consumers who might otherwise use ISDN". It officially changed its name on March 27, 2006. HughesNet services are sold directly throughout North America, and in Brazil, Europe, and India from authorized service providers and resellers. HughesNet offers downstream rates between 1Mbit/s and 2Mbit/s, although many customers report significantly lower speeds.. HughesNet pricing plans include daily data allowances which, when reached or exceeded, will result in data transfer speed reductions to speeds comparable to dial-up. They do not have monthly data restrictions, but typical daily data allowances are at or below 500 MB. The basic package traditionally comes with 250 MB per 24 hour period, with larger packages available at a significantly higher rate. Exceeding data allowances not only results in a severe drop off in speed, rendering the internet largely unusable, but also results in a 24 hour lockout of internet usage as a penalty. Actual costs and/or data plans and daily limits may change and are updated on their website.

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