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New satellite will triple company's rural broadband Internet service capacity

Agriculture.com Staff 12/11/2006 @ 3:03pm

WildBlue Communications announced that its new satellite WildBlue-1 was successfully launched recently from French Guiana.

WildBlue provides high-speed Internet connectivity via satellite to homes and small businesses in communities where terrestrial broadband access is either limited or unavailable.

"With WildBlue-1, we will soon be able to make WildBlue service available to more than 750,000 rural consumers," says David Leonard, Chief Executive Officer of WildBlue.

WildBlue-1 is expected to handle WildBlue's continuing rapid customer growth through 2008. WildBlue launched service in the third quarter of 2005 and currently serves more than 100,000 customers nationwide. WildBlue will continue serving customers on its current satellite, adding new customers to WildBlue-1 once the satellite is fully operational around March 2007.

WildBlue Communications announced that its new satellite WildBlue-1 was successfully launched recently from French Guiana.

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