Reaching the billions of people around the world who are still unconnected requires that satellite broadband is part of the mix. Satellite communication requires smart regulatory decisions that secure the spectrum needed and recognize the critical role satellite will play in bridging the digital divide.
The government's decision to fund outmoded satellites in favor of using better, more modern options available commercially is the wrong decision in a time of escalating threats.
With high-speed, 50 Mbps from satellite now available from Viasat in Europe, it's time the technology is recognized as a viable alternative to fiber in many areas.
The satellite industry has always been about helping overcome important communications challenges. When we needed more video competition to cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) helped bring it, creating a $100 billion industry. GPS literally helps us find our way as a nation. And satellite voice and broadband service enable global communications, helping us protect our vital national security interests. But now we have a new set of challenges: How do we connect the 39 percent of rural Americans who [...]
We believe every American should have access to high quality connected broadband — on any platform, anywhere, any time, and with any device. Enabling consumers to continuously connect requires that we have a vibrant vision for our broadband future that enables more Americans to access high-speed broadband. That means access via a home connection, on a plane, on a ship, on a bus, on board a train, in a car — all via satellite and at speeds and in [...]
Before a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 25, Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg spoke to the power of satellite to reach a wide audience.