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Ever wished you could have just a little more time? Well this month, we will get an extra second — and it will affect your Exede or WildBlue internet service.
Here's the story: The earth's spin is not constant. Atomic clocks — which tell us the time, set television broadcast frequencies and communicate with GPS satellites — must be adjusted to sync with the earth's rotation. This little tweak is called a "leap second," and the world's timekeepers have added this second every few years since 1972. The next leap second change will occur on June 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. (That's midnight UTC, or Coordinated Universal Time.)
What does this mean for you?
ViaSat, provider of Exede and Wildblue Internet, must also add a leap second to the clocks for the devices that provide your internet service. This will cause a service interruption between 8 p.m. EDT June 30 and 10 a.m. EDT on July 1. The interruption will likely be between 15 minutes and 1 hour. In addition to your internet service, you may notice other impacts of the 2015 leap second. Financial markets, GPS services and other areas that rely on time and computers may also be affected.
Learn more about leap seconds.