HughesNet Claims First FCC Broadband Defined 25 Mbps Satellite Broadband Service

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Hughes Network Systems announced today what it bills as “the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps uploads – from coast to coast.” Scheduled to go live on March...Learn More

Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

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JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its...Learn More

OneWeb LEO Satellites Aim to Create Extensive Satellite Broadband Network

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OneWeb has raised $1.2 billion from a variety of previous investors to create a new low earth orbit (LEO) satellite manufacturing facility in Exploration Park, Florida to begin production in 2018.  The goal is to produce 720 OneWeb LEO satellites that when deployed will comprise...Learn More

FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

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The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused...Learn More

Verizon CAF Auction Ideas: Declined States, Least Costly Locations Should Get Priority

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Although Verizon to date has declined to accept funding through the Connect America Fund (CAF) program to bring broadband to unserved parts of its local service territory, the company may be having a change of heart. Comments filed by Verizon with the FCC suggest the...Learn More

GCI Broadband Wireless Brings Social Benefits to Remote Areas of Alaska

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Residents have seen higher high school graduation rates and improved healthcare since GCI broadband wireless came to remote areas of western Alaska, said GCI Executive Vice President Greg Chapados yesterday. Chapados made his comments at an event in Anchorage, where plans were announced to deploy...Learn More

CAF Auction and Satellite Broadband: ViaSat Expects to Meet Latency Requirements

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Satellite broadband provider ViaSat on Friday issued a press release suggesting the company envisions participating in the upcoming Connect America Fund auction – and not just in the portion of the Connect America Fund targeting extremely high-cost areas as some stakeholders initially envisioned. The CAF...Learn More

ViaSat-3 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Planned for 2019 Delivery

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With promised 100 Mbps satellite broadband capability, ViaSat expects to deliver a major boost in broadband performance from its next generation of satellites, scheduled for “integration and delivery” in 2019. The satellites are targeted to provide residential service at speeds of 100 Mbps or higher...Learn More

Toyota Showcases In-Vehicle Satellite Broadband Connectivity, Sees Advantage Over 4G LTE

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Toyota is showcasing a concept car at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that incorporates flat-panel antenna-based satellite broadband connectivity. The concept car showcases in-vehicle satellite broadband connectivity, developed by U.S.-based Kymeta. Kymeta’s flat-panel satellite broadband antenna employs liquid LCD technology and sophisticated...Learn More

Point Topic: U.S. Broadband Connections Top 100 Million

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The number of global fixed broadband subscribers rose at its second-highest rate in six quarters in 3Q’15, rising 1.36 percent sequentially, according to Point Topic. A rise in new FTTH subscribers was the main growth driver. Fiber was the broadband access technology with the strongest...Learn More

Actual Vs. Advertised Broadband Speed: FCC Praises Fiber and Cable, Finds DSL Lacking

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In the latest actual vs. advertised broadband speed debate, most broadband providers are delivering the speeds they advertise, according to the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report, released December 30. The main exceptions are DSL-based broadband providers, said the FCC, which bases its findings on...Learn More

ViaSat Doubles Satellite Broadband Speed to 25 Mbps, Integrates Wi-Fi

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Satellite broadband services provider ViaSat on November 18 introduced a new, faster wireless modem and service plan for the home. Able to provide satellite broadband speed of  up to 25Mbps, ViaSat’s Exede WiFi Modem doubles their current fastest offer of 12 Mbps. A satellite broadband...Learn More

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