How It Works: the technology behind satellite internet

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As we continue to see Viasat expand as new beams open with ViaSat-2, we may have a few new folks curious about how our internet service works and how a satellite sitting 22,300 miles above Earth can bring internet service to rural areas and small towns. 

From everything ranging from spot beams to TRIAs here's a recent blog post explaining how our satellite service works:
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Posted 2 years ago

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Nathan Hart

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What new beams have opened?? I’ve seen some beams close.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Some areas that were feeling squeezed and not seeing great speeds did close to new customers due to high demand. As for opening beams, that's still changing daily. I know a lot opened just this week alone. Unfortunately we don't have a map yet to share or anything but the best way to see if ViaSat-2 has opened in your location is if any of the 50mbps plans appear on either or that's usually the tell-tale sign. 
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Yea. I see that change at my location. But needs more than zip. Needs my exact address, which suggests to me that woukd be Viasat-2, BUT the 50mbps plan is not offered. Since my beam is closed at other zip codes within it, that also suggests Viasat-2 to me.

In other words, things have changed some.
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Ronald Stricklin

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Also, in other places instead of closing the beams to new customers they have reduced the available package. Liberty plans instead of unlimited plans. I suppose its necessary to cripple these beams as well. But Viasat 2 is coming.