Rural customers are at the end of the food chain..

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As any profit making venture its first duty is to make a profit. That's America and that is great. That being said I firmly believe that Viasat's primary customer base is as follows; 1) Corporate and businesses for obvious reasons; 2) Federal, state and local governmental agencies who aren't at all price sensitive as are we common folks; 3) Military agencies that have their own special needs. And now guess who is left with the leftovers - you guessed it - the folks who have chosen to lead a rural life. I live in rural South Carolina and I used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and if you plug in those zip codes you will come up with pretty much the plan offerings that many of us were told was going to be available. Now I ask you what need does the greater metro Bay Area and  the heart of Silicon Valley truly have for satellite service when they have abundant fiber optic and such up the wazoo? Just sayin'....
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Steve Frederick-VS1/Beam314, Champion

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You are singling out a populated area in the much larger coverage area of the beam service that area. There are in fact thousands of square miles of sparsely populated areas around the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose area.
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If it wasn't for those "other" contracts us poor country folks wouldn't have internet at all.  Those contracts are what makes spending billions of dollars to put satellites up in space worth while.  I'm glad they decided to give us the crumbs.  Been loving my crumb for over 2 years now.  Watched Guardians of the Galaxy last night on VUDU.  Happy customer I am.

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Brad, Viasat Employee

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now time to see the 2nd one!
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Yes.  The second one is much better.  I hadn't seen the first one yet.
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I watched that new Star Wars movie last night.  It sucked.  I wish Lucas Film would have stopped making movies after Episode VI.
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I agree! The latest Star Wars movie did stink. Too long and critics liked it. They liked Blade Runner too. Both overhyped and underperformed at the box office.

But don't blame George. He is the one that sold his sole to Disney. And they ruin everything!
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I did like that movie where they went and stole the plans for the death star. I can't keep up with the names of all these movies.
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Rogue One! Yes. I liked tgat better than the last movie Too!

In May we get Solo. That should be interesting.
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Rogue One
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Steve is correct. 

I definitely know the feeling that some get when they see that we're providing in-flight WiFi, Military contracts, ect but I assure you that we wouldn't want to give "the breadcrumbs" to our residential customers. That's where a good amount of our money comes. We're expanding our network to cover all our bases and will see further expansion in just a few short year's time with ViaSat-3
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Exactly, we aren't getting "leftovers" I saw what Viasat is doing now and, has coming up for residential customers when I was invited to Denver, the hub of the residential service side. If we just got "leftovers" all of the people, equipment, tools and, testing going on in Denver wouldn't be happening and, wouldn't be there.

Yes Viasat needs those government and commercial contracts and customers to fund the technology we all benefit from. Just getting and keeping one satellite providing service form inception to finally being in service for us costs them billions of dollars. They can't get that kind of money form residential customers alone but, they can if they can provide military and commercial service without a major impact on residential service.

It isn't a case of Viasat caring more about the big money customers more than us, when it comes to giving us service that meets our needs, we are equal with the big boys. It simply takes longer for satellite technology to be upgraded and deployed than it does for land based services to upgrade.

2025 isn't all that far away and, if projections for 2025-2030 are on target, Viasat is impressive and, has some great things coming in the next decade or less for all customers.
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RE: greater metro Bay Area and  the heart of Silicon Valley

When Exede-12 came to Beverly Hills, CA, area, it didn't take long to fill that beam...due to low speed DSL, etc., back then.

Dish satellite tv in Beverly Hills - As a resident of Beverly Hills, your choices for reliable internet were limited however, technological advances have made it possible for Dish to bring high speed internet to your area.

Dish uses both Hughes and Viasat...I have no idea how current this information below is...see site

About AT&T in Beverly Hills, CA 94.4% of residents in this city can get AT&T DSL