ViaSat, the company that owns and operates Exede Internet has been in the telecommunications business for 29 years.
Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat launched the ViaSat-1 satellite that powers Exede in 2011. In January of 2012, Exede Internet service began. Prior to that, the company’s satellite Internet service was WildBlue, a satellite Internet service ViaSat had helped develop and later purchased. Following the acquisition of WildBlue, the federal government provided stimulus funding to the company in order to encourage its broadband expansion into rural areas. With over 687,000 subscribers, Exede is the second largest satellite Internet service provider in the United States. It has more than 3,300 employees and is undergoing substantial expansion.
Today, Exede has 3 satellites, and 17 gateways. It has invested more than $1 billion in satellite technology. In fact, Exede has more bandwidth than any other provider in the satellite Internet industry. Its satellite, ViaSat -1 uses 72 spotbeams, however right now those beams are limited, as each one has a cap in the number of users that can access it.
Exede is planning to launch the ViaSat 2 satellite in 2016, with improved beams that are more open, allowing greater bandwidth allocation for higher traffic areas. This new satellite has seven times more geographical coverage than the current satellite. In addition to expanding capacity of the service, it will also extend the coverage.
All Exede plans available in a given area feature the same speeds. In most cases, downloads of up to 12 Mbps and uploads of up to 3 Mbps are what is offered. However, in select areas, this service is not available, but our slower service is. For plans in these areas, speeds are up to 5 Mbps for downloads and up to 1 Mbps for uploads. All Exede plans have data caps, per the FCC’s guidelines about fair access. They range from 10 GB to 150 GB per month. Rates cost from $49.99 per month to $149.99 per month. Exede plans all require a $9.99 monthly equipment leasing fee and a commitment of 24 months. Standard installation costs $99.99.
The most commonly available plans today from Exede are Liberty plans, available in 10, 18 and 30 GB of priority data. Speeds with the priority data are an impressive 12 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. In addition, with these plans you get a Liberty Pass after your priority data for the month has been used. This means morning and daytime speeds range from 1 - 5 Mbps for download speeds. These speeds ensure that you can do whatever you want online. Rates on these plans range from $59.99 to $149.99. With Liberty plans you never have to worry about not having enough speed.
The Exede Freedom plan is the newest plan from Exede and it is leading the path for the future of Exede Internet plans. In parts of the country where it is available, the Freedom plan gives you up to 150 GB of data per month. This is significantly higher than other satellite Internet plans being offered today. Most users will not hit the extremely generous data cap. However, like other satellite Internet plans, if you do surpass 150 GB, your speeds will be throttled. It is available for only $109.99 per month. This exciting plan is only available in select areas where Exede user density is low.
Exede Evolution plans are the only Exede options that give users unlimited access. With these plans, you can choose unlimited access to email and webpages. If you choose Evolution 5, you get an additional 5 GB monthly for anything else you want to do online. With Evolution 20, you also get unlimited web browsing and email, and an additional 20 GB each month to do other things online. In order to help you manage these plans, we also offer the Early Bird Free Zone, giving you unmetered access to the Internet every morning from 3 am to 8 am.
Exede Classic, Evolution and Essential plans are available with data caps of 10 to 25 GB per month. With such plans, users can also a late night free zone. For five hours nightly from 12:00 midnight to 5am on the Classic plan, and 3am to 8am on the Evolution or Essential plan, users get to enjoy unlimited, unmetered use of high speed Internet, even if they have surpassed their monthly data cap. Both upload and download usage is unlimited, so you can do anything you want to do. These plans range from $49.99 to $79.99 monthly.
Exede Internet has been awarded a variety of honors. For two years running, it was named the Number 1 provider of Internet service in the country for meeting and exceeding its advertised speeds. ViaSat-1 is the 2012 Guinness World Record holder for the highest capacity satellite. It was also listed as the best of the best in 2012 in the Popular Science Best of What’s New magazine. Other awards included awards for innovation, best new product, and more.
Exede Internet is not a service that rests on its laurels. In fact, it is inconstant expansion, in order to bring better coverage to more of the country. 2016 is sure to bring exciting things to Exede.