Viasat, based in Carlsbad, on Wednesday announced a new high-speed satellite internet service for many US markets, including San Diego.
The company’s “New Choice” service offers download speeds of 25 to 150 megabits per second with plans starting at $49.95 per month.
Viasat said the new service will support people looking to relocate to suburban and rural areas without other high-speed internet service.
“We are introducing a new satellite Internet experience to help meet the changing needs of residential consumers,” said Steven Mesnick, general manager of US broadband for the company. “By optimizing our satellite network, we expect to deliver more data at faster speeds, more consistently.”
“Our new service plans demonstrate a technological prowess that we are proud of: delivering 100 times the speed of the first service plans we offered when we entered the home Internet market a decade ago with the launch of ViaSat-1,” said Mesnick.
The service requires a 30-inch-wide, 28-inch-tall satellite dish that can be mounted on a roof, exterior wall, or pole.
The company has a fleet of eight operational and planned satellites and serves the airline industry, other commercial customers and governments.