What's the status of ViaSat-2?

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I can find several posts that there will be better data packages at more reasonable prices, with less congestion and lag. ALAS, I am still waiting,, but find no updates, just the promise of most of the data problems everyone seems to have, along with easing the congestion on beams, being fixed with VIASAT2. So any news on it?
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No more news than that which SpaceX will provide since ViaSat-2 is scheduled to be launched using the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The Falcon Heavy project was first announced somewhere around 2011 as I recall. No status updates on Boeing's construction of the satellite itself but it's not going anywhere without a ride.

The schedule has been pushed back numerous times since the Falcon Heavy is built on the Falcon 9 technology, which has suffered its own set of delays. Most recently, last June's catastrophic launch failure. It was only last month that the Falcon 9 program returned to flight.

The Falcon Heavy's demo flight is tentatively scheduled in the April/May 2016 time frame. After that the next launch of an Air Force payload is tentatively scheduled for September 2016. Only after that are the first commercial launches planned (Inmarsat and ViaSat) with only a non-specific time frame of late 2016. Remember that's just the launch and it will take some time to put ViaSat-2 into service after the launch so optimistically early 2017 before ViaSat-2 is in service.

Naturally all of this will hinge on further success of the Falcon 9 program (next launch scheduled for January 17). Any further delays or mishaps going forward with the Falcon 9 program will undoubtedly impact the Falcon Heavy schedule since Falcon 9's reusable launch technology is key to SpaceX success in bringing down the cost of payload launches.        

P.S. At the same time and while ViaSat-2 will increase capacity, be aware that much of that capacity will be targeting unserved areas in the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean. Some of has also been acquired by Xplornet for all residential Canadian capacity, while more of it will target transatlantic shipping and air routes. Any guesses as to new plans available are speculation at this point and details will likely be unavailable until the satellite is actually put into service.    

       
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I don't want to be pessimistic, but I suspect that by the time ViaSat2 is in service, there won't be any major improvement for existing customers.  And by major improvements, I mean a more than doubling of existing data caps.  Hopefully, additional coverage for the heavily congested areas will provide prime-time relief.  All pure speculation on my part.
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A lot of new information for me in  your post Old Labs. My somewhat skeptical, realistic, peppered with pessimism view, is that we must deal with what we have.  

I stated a few weeks or days ago, It is what it is, and at least we have exede.

Too bad there aren't a few WiMax grids around.  Several people in my area (since there is Verizon cell coverage) have elected to just use Verizon home Hubs, the price of which is getting more reasonable and competitive.  They offer reliable speeds, apps on your phone give you exact usage at any time, and are not affected by the weather.

Exede system has a lot of moving parts, Falcon rockets, satellites, launches etc.

They are trying, but i wouldn't recommend holding your breath.

Pray for a new cell tower to be erected, not in your backyard, hopefully, but a couple of miles away.
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IMHO, the solution to America's broadband woes lies at the community level - unfortunately, many states have erected artificial barriers to this approach including mine of Virginia. See the red states at:

http://www.muninetworks.org/communitymap

Even then many local communities have erected barriers to private competition.

That site also provides a good deal of information on how communities across the country are tackling the issue.
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Our county (probably the same one Spinninghorse lives in) has been planning for providing high speed internet county wide for about 10 years.  The really funny part is we have dark fiber (last I checked) running right through our county but no one to utilize it.

Some WISP providers are in the area but not near enough to me yet.
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Brian - I hope your county does a better job of it than mine did.  They gave special incentives and tax breaks to a company for a WISP to be setup.  Of course it was setup in the county seat that already had cable and DSL.  But, the worst part is their prices and data caps are very similar to Exede!  And for me, well I'm several miles beyond their coverage area, not that I would subscribe to one of their plans anyway.
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The provider nearest me provides unlimited 5 Mbps or higher speeds for pretty cheap.  Another provider further north provides a 20 Mpbs connection with no data cap for around $50.00 / month. 
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Brian Shackelford

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Just for clarification - I am not close enough to either one of them.
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JEP

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I had to go check the WISP I mentioned again.  They are now offering 25GB for $80 a month.  So, it is slightly better than the Classic Plan I am currently on.
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In Virgina part of the problem is as stated at that site is:

Virginia

Short Explanation: Municipal electric utilities may offer telecommunications services (but not cable television) subject to a variety of reporting requirements and other hurdles not required of the private sector. Cable services may be only offered after showing the network will cash flow in the first year.

Commentary: Virginia's stringent requirements for a public entity to offer cable services are a de facto prohibition on publicly owned broadband networks (though BVU's OptiNet was grandfathered). By requiring unattainable cash flow requirements to offer cable services, communities are unable to build any modern high-speed broadband networks as they typically require the revenues generated by a triple-play offering.

Statute: VA Code § 15.2-2108.6, VA Code § 56-265.4:456-484.7:1, and VA Code § 56-484.7:1

Apparently we're more concerned with concealed carry reciprocity agreements...
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Benjamin: ViaSat 2 will result in a great deal more bandwidth availability for new and existing Exede subscribers. While we haven't released any info about what the plans might be, the goal is to have enough data so that the average person doesn't have to worry about the cap. Speeds will likely be north of 50 Mbps. Remember, too, that once VS2 is online, it will start freeing up capacity on ViaSat-1. Since we're looking at a launch late this year and a few months to reach the orbital slot and get everything working, the newer plans should be available in 2017.
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I LOVE hearing this and cannot wait!
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Any update on this?
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JEP

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Launch is currently scheduled for sometime in 2017 and then a few months for testing and setup.  Operational for customers maybe a year from now, at best.  Maybe one of the official reps can provide more detail.
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All this money being spent on satellite internet, perhaps if it would of been put into a wireless network, it could be the world's best. I would have donated some land for a tower.
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If it were a profitable venture, I think than Verizon, AT&T, TMobile, etc. would already be doing it.

Unfortunately for most of us, satellite internet will remain our only viable alternative short of moving.

As for ViaSat-2 launch is still estimated as early 2017 - and allow some time for it to be made operational (as JEP notes). Even then I suspect the recent reintroduction of the Freedom Plans on select beams/service areas may be a good sign that ViaSat-2 deployment is drawing closer - it may be a simple matter of ViaSat wanting to monetize what little excess capacity may be available on ViaSat-1 before ViaSat-2. I'm pretty sure the additional bandwidth for those plans didn't popup overnight - supply, demand, return on investment are all in play here.

Even then I'll probably wait until the dust settles on the new launch (as well as the HughesNet launch) to determine any switch strategy. It's possible ViaSat-1 plans may also change as demand shifts to Viasat-2.

P.S.  I regularly check the following link since they keep pretty good tabs on everything but so far nothing showing:

http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ 
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I guess those with the venture capital get to determine their business plan.  Also, residential Internet is not the only thing that ViaSat is providing.
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As of today, Jan. 4, 2017, there is no info on spaceflightnow.com about any Viasat-2 launch in 2017.  Nor is there anything about it on arianespace.com, site of the company contracted for the launch.  Viasat itself only says 1st quarter 2017.  An Exede customer service agent I spoke with about a week ago said the launch would be in January 2017 and Viasat-2 would be operational late in the month, and then Exede would offer the Freedom Plan to existing customers for $99 per month for 12 Mpbs or $109 for 25 Mbps. He said the info was in the employee newsletter.  Somehow, I think he's wrong, but wish it were true. I'm so fed up with the tiny data cap I'm getting for $70 per month that I'm desperate for any reasonable alternative. Does anyone have credible new information about Viasat-2?
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Hi Nicholas, 

ViaSat-2 is scheduled to launch in the March/April timeframe of 2017. The satellite will be in service later in the year. We have not released specifics around data plans yet; however, we expect plans with more robust data allowances, such as Freedom, will be available across the country, once ViaSat-2 comes online. Please continue to visit http://www.exede.com/ for more updates and plans available in your zip code
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It is very frustrating since we have been promised the new satellite since early 2015 and it just feels like we are getting strung along over and over and over. It will be interesting to see what happens when another vendor's gen 5 unit goes live in the next few weeks.

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