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CARLSBAD, Calif. (Business Wire EON) October 7, 2008 — "This is the first step in our promise to grow the network to near-global access and demonstrates our commitment to the joint global network we are building with KVH," said Don Buchman, ViaSat director of Mobile Broadband. "Along with the continued successful launch of KVH maritime service, the large number of business jets already flying the ViaSat ArcLight system, as well as airliners and government aircraft, will be able to immediately tap into the network in that region."

 The mobile broadband network uses patented ViaSat ArcLight technology, which enables use of very small (12-inch), light-weight antennas. The service offers data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps to the aircraft and up to 512 kbps uploads. Customers can send and receive broadband data, connect to a virtual private network, and access video programming using portable devices, creating an office-in-the-sky experience while on the move.

 About ViaSat

 ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company has five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies (ICT), and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.

 Forward-Looking Statements

 Portions of this release, particularly statements about network expansion, hub installations, near-global or worldwide coverage, the role of ViaSat and KVH in cooperating and establishing networks, the sale of ViaSat equipment and services, and the performance and deliveries of ViaSat products and technology contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at, including without limitation, ViaSat’s annual reports on Form 10-K and ViaSat’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

 Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc. Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation. All additional products are trademarks of their respective owners.

New York, NY(PRWEB) March 14, 2008 — In a major innovation in media distribution, multicultural households in North America can now choose My Broadband TV, a personalized broadcast television delivery platform that offers a premium television experience via broadband.


"My Broadband TV has been running a pilot for more than a year and a half, to exploit the best delivery system that can be offered to those who truly believe in lean-back comfort," says Daniel Shah of My Broadband TV. "My Broadband TV provides viewers with the hardware to access television programming from around the world and facilitates easy, instant interactivity with the exploding internet Protocol Television (IPTV) market."


My Broadband TV (available online at allows high-speed access via a set-top box, routing television content through a DSL router, cable modem, or wireless LAN with standard video connectors. The service can be used on any public internet or household that is connected to 1mb line. No additional hardware is required, and customers can run PC applications simultaneously.


The set-top box delivers unlimited mainstream and international television channels and radio channels, web browsing, telephony using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for local and long-distance calling, combined with video conferencing, gaming, secure electronic payment transactions, Video on Demand, Pay-Per-View, and live events. It also serves as a personal digital recorder (DVR), plays CDs and DVDs, allows instant personal messaging and instant chat capability, and has HD Home Theater, music box, electronic program guide, and Now / Next program navigation.


The My Broadband TV set-top box is easily self-installed and inexpensive, subsidized at between $100 and $200, depending on the functionality and the length of commitment. My Broadband TV will serve as the gateway to all the content providers who are looking out for their subscribers across North America, without the restrictions of today’s limited capacity cable and satellite networks. It has the scalable, robust media NOCs in the United States, as well as uplinking facilities for satellite channels in Asia and Europe.


My Broadband TV’s state-of-the-art US and international call centers are staffed with customer service representatives proficient in several languages, operating 24 hours a day. Through the development of web-based remote management systems, technical staff can monitor, manage and control technical equipment at remote head-ends as well as troubleshoot set-top box technical service matters.


"My Broadband TV spells outstanding value for consumers, offering not only state-of-the-art, user-friendly technology, but content delivered in a compelling format at an unbeatable price, billed only for what you select," says Shah. "Its advantages include a lower cost base, a wide choice of content, easy set-up, and better signal quality, which allow us to pass on extraordinary value and service to customers nationwide."


Satellite Internet connectivity is becoming more and more popular as the service comes down in price, and increases its available market. Rural areas are traditionally the last to receive services such as Cable Internet or DSL, so it is obvious why satellite internet service is more popular in these areas and why satellite providers have focused more attention on them. In this article, we point out the main points you should consider when choosing a satellite Internet provider.

The Good

Service level agreements offered by satellite Internet services have gotten much better for the customer as the industry has grown. Providers now service their own hardware and rely less on contractors, as well as often include hardware upgrades and installation for free (or built into the monthly rate.). This will be of benefit for a user even if there is no need for tech support as hardware upgrades are inevitable and a good service agreement can mitigate the cost.

Early in the life of satellite internet the only available connection was one-way. This required a proxy server, special software, and an additional phone line. On top of this it was incredibly slow. This type of service is almost completely gone, with a new two-way offering quickly taking its place. The two-way connection is a great deal faster than its one-way counterpart as well as easier to install.

Satellite providers are now working on increasing the number of satellites they have access too in orbit. This will not only increase the market they can sell too, but could also add a level of redundancy that would benefit users as well. This can prevent or at least reduce outages for many customers.

Many satellite internet service providers are increasing the number of tech support as well as contractors they have available in rural areas. This can reduce the amount of time it takes to receive tech support at the users home, as well as speed up market penetration via installers in a given area. This is a big win for the company as well as users.

The Not So Good

The speed of a given Internet connection is of great importance to most users, and this can be somewhat of a disappointment to new satellite customers. While being much faster than dial-up, satellite internet is almost always slower than DSL and cable. This is due to several factors, the primary being inherent latency in the satellite network. By using compression protocols satellite service can increase the speeds offered to customers, but there is nothing that can be done about the lag that is caused by the fact that the signal has to travel to a satellite in Earth’s orbit. There is nothing can be done to remove this latency entirely, but through the use of certain protocols and proxy servers the delay can be minimized.

Satellite internet requires additional hardware over other services such as cable and DSL. Early satellite dishes were very large and had to be set up outside a house in the yard. As technology has grown, satellite dishes have gotten smaller. The larger dishes that were used for satellite television cannot be used for Internet service today, and the newer dishes can be installed on a roof or window sill. There is still a cost associated with the hardware as well as the installation but it is a great deal lower than it used to be.


Jon Norwood is a managing partner of the, a site dedicated to providing information on DSL and Cable Internet service providers, as well as information on satellite Internet and wireless Internet access.

Contrary to what you see on their ads, sites are bound to suffer some downtime every now and then. You should not be alarmed since this is only normal. However, there is a time limit. Normally the longest would be an hour unless something tragic has struck.

Once this happens, you can more or less measure the competency of your service provider. If simple hosting cannot be handled by their servers, chances are you should look for another one. Hosting is quite simple and if the hardware they have cannot accommodate your needs, then don?t be surprised to see them fold up in the end.

As far as technical support is concerned, you can use this as well as a gauge to see how competent your ISP is. Some offer a round the clock assistance since they know how valuable the Internet is to people today.

Some would follow a certain period of time like the usual 9 to 6 and only on Mondays to Fridays schedule. These are normally the companies that feel that they have lesser problems to be incurred. While some are this confident, you just have to make sure that nothing goes wrong. And for it is worth, anything can hit, even the big providers we know in our area today.

While we all want to have our own dedicated servers for our site files and applications, we can always make do of shared hosting since bandwidths may vary or may be under-utilized. This is especially true for start-up sites. It takes time to build web traffic and chances are you can wisely save up for now while you are in the process of building.

It may sound like additional work. But in the end you will see that a cost-conscious approach will reap you dividends in the end. Establishing your site is the hardest part of it all. After a few months you will find yourself relaxing and watching traffic simply go by.

Before you sign on the dotted line, take a while to study what certain providers have to offer. They may con you into their usual press releases and advertising campaign leaflets but nothing beats really seeing what they have to offer as far as supportive hardware to what they want to accomplish is concerned.

It is easy to create a written or verbal claim. But actions are different especially once you are tied up with them. Remember, most providers would normally want you to be under contract with them for about a year or two and should you find their services below average, you will end up losing on both counts; money and technology service.

Promotional and misleading schemes are the common things you can expect from new ISP providers today. They will offer your free trials but you will have to give something in return. Normally this would be safety deposits or even credit card information that they will keep after the trial period is over.

Now the real cheat comes in when if you fail to reply or even inform them of your intent to discontinue, they will assume you are satisfied and start charging you. Whether it is for a full amount or not, you can be sure that they will not lose anything as far as their marketing strategy for their services is concerned.

Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at


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