, the Colorado based satellite broadband provider, is scheduled to on April 29th in Colorado. If the demo translates to an actual product offering, it would be about twelve times the speed of their current offering. But with better performance will come hefty cost increases, which highlights the Achilles heel of satellite broadband – higher cost. That being said, satellite broadband certainly fulfills a necessary niche. WildBlue claims 400k subscribers and their chief competitor had 433K residential satellite broadband subscribers as of December 31, 2008.

Both companies are looking to improve their product portfolio with special emphasis on increasing bandwidth speeds to at least look respectable against improving average wireline and wireless broadband speeds. Both companies also see the broadband stimulus program as a potential boon for satellite broadband in the U.S. since their niche focus is rural markets not reached by wireline broadband.

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  1. Bandwidth isn’t the problem with Satellite, it’s latency, which they can’t do a damned thing about (laws of physics, ‘n’ all)! It’s trivial to offer faster speeds, but with the 1.2 second round-trip for packets and their ACK/NAK, it’s still worthless. Most routers and servers time out before the ACK/NAK is received, and so the bandwidth is WASTED in resending the same packets over-n-over.

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