Last week the ViaSat 1 satellite system passed industry standard testing to be installed on commercial air crafts. ViaSat Inc. has been pushing the limits of satellite services for the past few years, and taking to the sky is just their latest innovation. Standard tests includes reactions to extreme temperatures, altitude, vibration, sand/dust, power input, RF susceptibility and lightning protection. The ViaSat satellite is the fastest in the world, providing download speeds of 12 MB per second, a world record. In addition to numerous innovation awards in 2012 and being selected by the American Red Cross to provide communications during disaster scenarios, the satellite is also advanced enough to provide satellite communications and bandwidth for military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

However, despite being the highest capacity satellite in the world, ViaSat 1 is still mainly used to power Exede Internet for the home, the fastest satellite Internet service the world has ever seen.

Before Exede, satellite Internet had a reputation of being slow and expensive, and many people still think of the service that way. But Exede has changed expectations for satellite Interent. The FCC released findings from the 2013 edition of “Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wire line Performance in the United Sates” earlier this month, an annual nationwide study that measures the actual service performance for thousands of residential broadband subscribers against advertised speeds and included comparisons of the four major Internet technologies (DSL, cable, fiber and satellite). Conducted last fall, the 2013 report marks the first time the FCC has included satellite Internet in the survey, as it had been previously too slow to take into account. Not only is Exede fast enough to redefine satellite Internet, it is reliable enough to be selected by commercial airlines all over the country.

With an advertised download speed of 12 MB per second, ViaSat’s Exede is the fastest satellite service in the history of satellite Internet, but still slightly lags behind cable and fiber connections for overall performance, according to the report. However, the FCC noted that of all Internet services, Exede Internet most consistently met or surpassed the advertised speeds, while fiber and cable struggled to live up to the hype in select regions. Not only does Exede function properly during peak hours, during non-peak hours Exede offers five free hours of Internet every night as part of the wildly popular Late Night Free Zone service.

ViaSat launched the ViaSat 1 satellite network in October 2012 after premiering the Exede service last spring. ViaSat 1 was intended to boost upload and download speeds and improve overall service. ViaSat 1 has turned out to be the highest capacity satellite in the world. Not only has the satellite network improved Exede Internet tremendously, but it has been sought out by the United States Navy and military to provide real time communications during combat situations, as well as chosen by the American Red Cross Disaster Services to provide communications during disaster scenarios such as blizzards and hurricanes.

Exede is currently a finalist for the 2013 Edison Awards. February marked the third consecutive financial quarter, ViaSat surpassed Wall Street projections by several million dollars. Bundle Exede Internet with Direct TV today and save $120 over the first twelve months of service.