ViaSat Applauds FCC Action to Include New and Innovative Technologies to Compete for Connect America Fund; Gives Rise to New High-Speed Options for Consumers Nationwide

  • By John Pearce
  • 01 Jul, 2016

"With the addition of satellite broadband, more consumers will have the option for high-quality, high-speed internet access that enables streaming of HD movies and videos as well as music."

Ocala, Florida July 1, 20176 -- International Satellite & Antenna Service. / Viasat    (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company that operates the consumer high speed satellite internet service exede, is supportive of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to make the Connect America Fund (CAF) reverse auction technology neutral and cost-effective by inviting new service providers to participate in the bidding process.

Lasty week, the FCC made an important decision to make $2B available over 10 years to subsidize broadband service availability for many U.S. households in the most remote and hardest-to-serve areas. The Commission took the first step in allowing non-telco service providers with different broadband technologies to compete for the funding. Allowing all technologies to compete through a competitive bidding process can potentially drive down the cost of the program to U.S. consumers. The CAF is focused on modernizing the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation.

"We recognize and applaud Chairman Wheeler, the Commissioners and FCC staff for listening to various stakeholders and potential providers in the Connect America Fund proceeding, and taking an important first step toward expanding beyond legacy technologies and creating a technology neutral competition to provide the best available broadband access universally," said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. "ViaSat stands ready to participate in the proceeding and auction by offering future-ready satellite internet solutions that will help fill the broadband gap in the United States with a high-quality, high-performance broadband and voice service to the target households."

With the FCC's decision, all internet services, including ViaSat's satellite broadband service, Exede®, are closer to competing for universal service funds on a level playing field. This will provide the best available high-speed internet access to U.S. households that have been traditionally in the most challenging to serve locations. ViaSat is looking forward to commenting on outstanding issues related to weighting criteria to be used to select competing bids, which will be critical to ensuring that all participating technologies actually compete fairly for funding to deliver the best possible service to everyone. With the addition of satellite broadband, more consumers will have the option for high-quality, high-speed internet access that enables streaming of HD movies and videos as well as music, loading webpages super-quick, video chatting, voice calling, software updates, emailing large files and more - from virtually anywhere in the United States. Today satellite broadband is available with download speeds up to 25 Megabits per second (Mbps), with even higher speeds to be offered in 2017 with the launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite.

About Exede Internet
Exede, a service of ViaSat, Inc., delivers high-speed internet to residential subscribers and businesses across the U.S. With download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, the Exede service has transformed satellite internet for households that previously had slow, inadequate internet service. ViaSat also offers Exede Voice residential telephone service over its network, optimized for quality and reliability. The Company offers Exede Business, which delivers a number of service plans to fit the varying needs of today's businesses.

About ViaSat's High-Capacity Satellite Platforms
Beginning with ViaSat-1, ViaSat started a transformation of satellite communications into a high-performance broadband service competitive with terrestrial alternatives. ViaSat-2, which is set to launch in Q1 CY2017, will provide another leap forward in broadband service quality for residential, mobile and enterprises by offering seven times the geographic coverage and twice the bandwidth of ViaSat-1. The Company also announced plans to launch the ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform - which is comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites with state-of-the-art ground network infrastructure. The first ViaSat-3 broadband communications platform is expected to focus on the Americas with plans to launch in 2019.

About International Satellite & Antenna Service

International Satellite & Antenna Service, located in Ocala, Florida is one of the country's oldest and largest independent satellite installation and service companies. Recognized as  Viasat's  #1 WildBlue dealer in the nation in 2006, International Satellite continues to provide high quality sales, service and installation to customers across Florida and the nation.has installed and activated over 6000 earth terminals in Florida and across the United States. 

  About ViaSat
ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT ) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access - anywhere - whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company's innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at:   www.viasat.com , or follow the Company on social media:   Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn  and YouTube .

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about ViaSat's success, timeline and ability to compete for funding within the CAF. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: ViaSat's ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms, unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite systems, the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms; and risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat-3 and ViaSat's other satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; 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 business aviation industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at  www.sec.gov , including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and 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.

Parts of this release are Copyright © 2016 ViaSat, Inc. and International Satellite & Antenna Service.  All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. ViaSat and Exede are registered trademarks of ViaSat, Inc.

International Satellite & Antenna Service Blog

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

Ocala, Florida, October 27, 2017 – DISH recently designated International Satellite & Antenna Service as a “Premier Local Retailer,” the company’s highest honor for businesses that demonstrate excellence in performance and customer experience.

 

Following a highly selective process, International Satellite & Antenna Service joins the top five percent of authorized DISH retailers in the Premier program. As a result, customers in Central Florida have a front-row seat to experience the latest products, announcements and offers available from DISH.

 

“International Satellite & Antenna Services truly tuned in to the needs and preferences of customers in the greater Ocala area, and we are proud to have them join our Premier program,” said Amir Ahmed, DISH senior vice president for Indirect Sales. “Premier Local Retailers are a crucial part of our business, serving as trusted partners who help us better serve our customers, together.”

 

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best entertainment and home technology experience at the greatest value,” said John Pearce, President of International Satellite. “We could not have reached Premier Local Retailer status without the support and loyalty of our customers, and your voice will continue to be the most important as we partner with DISH to deliver the best experience possible.”

 

To learn more about International satellite & Antenna Service or to demo the latest offerings from DISH and Sling TV, visit www.newdish.tv .

 

About DISH

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2017, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com .

 

 

About [International Satellite & Antenna Service

International Satellite & Antenna Service is one of the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Satellite TV, Satellite Internet and HDTV Antenna Dealers.

Founded in 1983 by John Pearce, a pioneer in the direct to home satellite industry, International Satellite was among the first U.S. satellite companies recognized by the United States Department of Commerce for publication in Commercial News U.S.A.

International Satellite has received numerous awards and recognition from companies like DirecTV, Dish Network, WildBlue, Uniden and General Instrument for being one of the Nation’s Top Retailers. Recently, International Satellite & Antenna Service received the Ocala Star Banner’s Best of the Best, Voters Choice Award for 2017 in the IT division.

International Satellite & Antenna Service’s showroom is located 3 miles west of I-75 in State Road 200 in the Jasmine Plaza. Their phones are answered after hours by their on-duty technician 7 days a week/ 365 days a year.

 

For additional information about DSIH or International Satellite & Antenna Service contact John Pearce at 1-800-331-8295 or email isa@mfi.net

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

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By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

HughesNet Gen5 Delivers True FCC-Defined Broadband, Attracts New Customers In Every Continental U.S. State

Germantown, Md., June 5, 2017—Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) today announced its recently launched HughesNet Gen5 satellite Internet service has reached a major milestone in just two months – now serving more than 100,000 homes and small businesses, including both new subscribers and upgrades, and subscribers in every continental U.S. state have been connected to the service.

Launched in late March 2017, new customers to HughesNet Gen5 are experiencing faster speeds, more data, built-in Wi-Fi and an overall improved Internet experience. HughesNet Gen5 is the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload – from coast-to-coast.

“The new HughesNet Gen5 is meeting the need for high-speed Internet in households and small businesses across the country – especially in areas underserved or unserved by ‘traditional’ wired Internet,” said Mike Cook, executive vice president at Hughes. “Everyone has the right to high- speed Internet access and Hughes is proud to bring fast, reliable Internet to all households coast-to-coast across America, no matter where they live or work.”

Early customer responses show they are enjoying higher satisfaction and improved performance from the new HughesNet Gen5 service. According to Joe K. from Illinois, “I’ve seen a big boost in performance with HughesNet Gen5, giving me the true broadband speeds I’ve wanted. The overall experience is just a lot better.”

HughesNet is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet with more than one million subscribers nationwide. HughesNet Gen5 is available in a variety of affordable consumer and business plans to suit customer’s specific needs. Plans range from 10 to 250 GB/month of data with the same fast speeds of 25 Mbps on every plan. Additional features include: 

• Built-in Wi-Fi to easily connect wireless devices
• No hard data limits – if monthly plan data is exceeded, service continues at a reduced speed until the next billing cycle
• Video Data Saver to watch more videos using less data
• Bonus Zone – 50 GB of free data per month to use during off-peak hours (2 a.m. - 8 a.m.)

HughesNet Gen5, recently named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Consumer Services category in the 15th annual American Business Awards, is available through a nationwide network of dealers and sales agents, as well as directly through www.HughesNet.com .

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network with over 1 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5.5 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com  and follow @Hughes_Corp  on Twitter.

About EchoStar
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit echostar.com . Follow @EchoStar  on Twitter.
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©2017 Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks and HughesON and JUPITER are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

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