WildBlue Internet Service
Find Out If New Faster
Satellite Plans Are Available
w/ Speeds Up To 12 Mbps
Available across 48 states, WildBlue Internet is a well-respected satellite Internet service that can provide high speed Internet for your home or small office. Current speeds are from 512 Kbps up to 1.5 Mbps when you sign up with WildBlue Internet.
In 2009, WildBlue was acquired by ViaSat, a major satellite communications company. This union will soon greatly benefit rural Americans who still need broadband when they launch a new high-capacity satellite later in 2011 - the ViaSat-1.
Right now, WildBlue satellite Internet service has over 400,000 broadband subscribers at speeds up to 1.5 Mbps, but the capacity of the new ViaSat-1 satellite will allow them to expand their service and offer even faster connection speeds.
Review Of WildBlue Satellite Internet Plans
There are three plans you can choose from with WildBlue satellite Internet. Each plan provides you with an "always on" broadband connection which lets you surf the Web and download files in a fraction of the time it takes using a dial up modem:
- Value Plan - $49.95/mo.* - Great for light Internet use; up to 512 Kbps.
- Select Plan - $69.95/mo.* - Broadband speeds up to 1.0 Mbps downstream.
- Pro Plan - $79.95/mo.* - Up to 1.5 Mbps or about 30X faster than dial up.
- Supported by 24/7 Customer Care - Call any time you have a problem.
- Satellite Internet dish and modem installed by a certified professional.
- Comes with anti-virus / anti-spyware software free for the first 12 months.
* Pricing shown with a 24-month commitment; equipment rental is $5.95/mo unless prepaid option is selected.
Each of WildBlue's plans include multiple email accounts and web space for a personal website. Current promotions include free standard installation when you order online and $50 off the normal $149.95 activation fee. This allows new WildBlue customers to get started for only $99.95 plus S&H and applicable tax.
WildBlue satellite Internet is currently available as a bundled TV / Internet deal through both DIRECTV and the Dish Network. If you are already a customer of either of those two satellite television services, or if you are thinking about getting them, then ask about the bundled offers when you call in order to get the best price.
To Check For Internet Service In Your Area Call 1-877-476-0648
One important point to know about WildBlue, and any satellite Internet provider, is that there are thresholds on monthly bandwidth. For WildBlue, these thresholds are:
- Value Plan - 7,500 MB download / 2,300 MB upload
- Select Plan - 12,000 MB download / 3,000 MB upload
- Pro Plan - 17,000 MB download / 5,000 MB upload
According to the company, only about 3% of their users ever reach these thresholds, but still, it is better to be aware of them before you sign up. Customers who do reach these limits may have their speeds reduced until their thresholds reset.
Installation Process For WildBlue Internet
When you order WildBlue Internet, professional installers will come to your location to install any necessary equipment and activate WildBlue's satellite Internet service at your chosen location. All you need is your computer equipped with an Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC). Your computer will be connected to a small satellite modem and the WildBlue satellite dish will be mounted on a roof, outside wall, or pole in the ground.
Once your setup is complete, your Internet connection will be "always on". No phone lines are necessary. There's no dialing in, waiting to connect, or getting bumped offline by a call. It's just that easy to put slow dial up Internet speeds behind you.
Although WildBlue doesn't setup a wireless network for you, customers can add their own wireless network router to share their satellite Internet connection with multiple computers in their home or small office. All you have to do is plug a wireless router into the WildBlue satellite modem using a CAT5 cable. After that, any WiFi-enabled device in your home should be able to connect to your wireless network.
New WildBlue Satellite = Expanded Broadband Capacity
As with all U.S.-based satellite Internet providers, WildBlue has been struggling with the issue of bandwidth constraints in recent years. In the case of WildBlue, management has refused to overload their network with too many subscribers because they want to avoid giving poor service to their existing customers. The number of WildBlue Internet subscribers has actually remained static for the past couple of years - no growth at all. In certain parts of the country, WildBlue has actually stopped taking on new customers because they simply don't have enough bandwidth available in those areas.
The good news is that an expansion to WildBlue Internet is coming in the form of a new satellite that will dramatically expand their bandwidth in North America.
The ViaSat-1 is a Ka-band spot beam satellite that will provide coverage over the North American continent. This new satellite is touted as the highest capacity satellite in the world. It's capacity is so great that will double the existing capacity of satellite systems in North America. Beyond that, the ViaSat-1 is configured for high bandwidth applications that are becoming common on the Internet. These include streaming television video (like Netflix and Hulu), photo sharing, Internet phone calls, and peer-to-peer networking.
With this new satellite, WildBlue expects that they will be able to offer faster speeds at about the same price for current satellite Internet service. Right now, their plans range from 512 Kbps up to 1.5 Mbps. After the launch of ViaSat-1, WildBlue will be able to offer faster speeds from 2.0 Mbps and faster. We'll have to wait until later in the year to know the exact speeds and pricing for these new plans.
To Check For Internet Service In Your Area Call 1-877-476-0648
The ViaSat-1 was supposed to have launched at the beginning of 2011, but accidents at the launching facility have pushed that launch to sometime in summer. Once the new satellite is deployed and operational, WildBlue Internet customers should begin to see improvements in bandwidth capacity and broadband speeds.
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