New ViaSat Deal Could Brings 12Mbps Service To Rural Users Soon

Satellite Internet has been a godsend for rural residents for years, but one complaint never dies down: horrible upload rates. ViaSat has been plugging away at improving that for some time now, and a new deal will reportedly bring "affordable" 12Mbps service to market within a couple of weeks. To residents using existing satellite services, this probably sounds like a dream come true. The new five-year wholesale distribution agreement with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will enable next-generation satellite broadband service through the new ViaSat-1 satellite. Similar to retail offerings, the agreement will allow NRTC members to experience the new 12 Mbps service packages. Outside ViaSat-1 coverage areas, NRTC will introduce enhanced 5 Mbps service through a new network of next-generation gateways and consumer terminals.

"NRTC's electric and telephone members were the first distributors of WildBlue service, and they remain committed to ensuring that rural Americans have access to robust broadband," said Tim Bryan, NRTC CEO. "The enhanced satellite broadband service will make significant contributions to the communities we serve, so we are very happy to continue our relationship with ViaSat and offer the new service." ViaSat-1, providing more capacity than all other communication satellites over the U.S. combined, is designed to transform the economics and quality of service that satellite broadband can provide. The technology is expected to elevate satellite into a much more competitive position in the broadband service marketplace, offering a faster Internet service starting at $50.

"This longstanding partnership with NRTC has continuously served a very important group of our customers with a level of quality that is consistent with our goals," said Tom Moore, ViaSat senior VP. "Our new technology will bring NRTC customers the true broadband experience they need."

The 140 Gbps capacity ViaSat-1 satellite is scheduled to enter service this month and then services will sequentially expand across the United States over the following months. Until rural broadband amounts to anything, at least rural residents can look forward to this.
Via:  ViaSat
RTietjens 2 years ago

Sadly, it's still not affordable for a lot of rural people.

realneil 2 years ago

Agreed,......they ask far too much for the latency you have to put up with.

AJayD 2 years ago

It's not a horrible option, if your only other option is dial-up. Unfortunately, it is far too expensive for the limited amount of data you are permitted to DL each month. I couldn't find anything concrete, but I believe it will cost $150 a month for 25GB. Such minimal data allowance may suffice for people who only use the internet for browsing the web and sending emails, but for anyone who streams videos/movies, plays games, or downloads miscellaneous warez, 25GB is ridiculous. For $150 you should be allowed 10 times that amount of data per month.

Having a12 Mbps internet connection while being restricted to 25 GB of data, is like having a Mustang GT and being limited to half a tank of gas each month.

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