I had the same crappy service from Hughesnet... So many better options. Even if I didn't go over the limit the Internet was always slow. Had enough time to go use the bathroom, get something to drink and return to watch it finally open the website I needed. And I wasn't even living out in the middle of nowhere at the time!
speed test sites are not going to give you an accurate measure of your speeds because of the compression algorithms that are exclusive to satellite internet connections. most speed test sites are not designed to handle those algorithms and thus will give you inaccurate results.
your best bet for a speed test is to use hughesnet's but since i know that you think hughesnet is out to get you, i doubt you'll trust their results. so in that case the only way to truly test your speed is to download an actual file off a website and watch the speeds you are getting during the download. i would recommend a site like filehippo, where they have dedicated servers and will give you the most optimal downloading conditions
reply to Sarentack I totally agree with all the negative comments above. When I signed up for HughesNet almost 7 years ago I didn't see anything in my contract about "fair access policy." After I researched it I found that HughesNet had greatly oversold their high speed capability and the only way they could keep up with the excessive number of customers was to come up with a policy limiting how much high speed you get each 24 hours. Their service has been pathetic and if you read the review I just posted you can see a lot more about what I have had to deal with. HughesNet sucks!