WildBlue’s Mission Is To Make Affordable Broadband Internet Access Available To Everyone.
WildBlue delivers affordable two-way broadband Internet access via satellite to virtually any home and small business in small cities and rural America. WildBlue uses a 26-inch satellite minidish equipped with both a transmitter and receiver for two-way satellite connectivity to the Internet. WildBlue service does not require cable or phone lines. It is accessible to virtually every home and small business in the contiguous U.S., including the estimated 20-25 million homes and small offices that are not wired for terrestrial (DSL or cable modem) service.
WildBlue’s approach is based on next generation, two-way wireless Ka-band spot beam satellite technology, which lowers the cost of providing high bandwidth access to the Internet. WildBlue uses industry standard technology in its consumer premise equipment. The resulting low cost structure enables an affordably priced high-speed Internet service that is available across the country.
WildBlue’s core service offers homes and small offices/home offices (SOHO) an Internet connection that is easy to use, reliable, always on, and significantly faster than standard dial-up service. WildBlue Internet service for consumers includes typical Internet Service Provider features (email, web space, etc.). It opens up a window to a world of rich content that is largely unavailable through dial-up service and largely unavailable in areas unserved by cable modem or DSL service. With WildBlue, for example, consumers can download a movie on demand, attend University courses hundreds of miles away or quickly email a family photo. Though these services are familiar to some, 20-25 million homes and small offices across the country cannot access high-speed internet services because the technology has not reached them…until now.
WildBlue Summary Overview
Analysts estimate that approximately 11 million U.S. homes don’t have access to high speed Internet.
WildBlue provides an always-on, broadband Internet service that is comparable to DSL services, and can have file download speeds that are up to 30 times faster than Internet access via dial-up modem.
WildBlue uses a small satellite dish equipped with both a satellite transmitter and receiver for two-way satellite connectivity to the Internet. No phone lines or cable lines are needed to receive WildBlue’s service.
The WildBlue service primarily targets customers living in small towns and rural America.
WildBlue uses Ka-band “spot beam” satellites to allow multiple re-use of the same frequency, providing higher capacity at lower cost compared to other available satellite systems.
WildBlue launched its service aboard the U.S. capacity of Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite launched in July 2004. WildBlue-1, WildBlue’s second satellite, was built by Space Systems / Loral and went into service in early 2007. In August 2009, WildBlue activated service on a third satellite, AMC-15. In October 2011, WildBlue and its parent company, ViaSat, launched ViaSat-1, the most powerful communications satellite in the world, which will deliver next generation broadband services to customers in North America starting in early 2012.
WildBlue now a subsidiary of ViaSat, Inc.
In December 2009, WildBlue was acquired by ViaSat, Inc.
ViaSat is a worldwide leader in satellite communications technology, based in Carlsbad, California. The company is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. and allied governments; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and offers high-speed Ka-band satellite broadband services under the WildBlue brand. Click here to read the latest ViaSat News.