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Issues Linger About Future Success Of Broadband Systems

By | June 4, 2004

      LONG BEACH, Calif. — Even though there seemingly is unending demand for broadband services throughout the world, nagging questions continue to linger whether satellite-based Internet companies will be a success in the commercial marketplace.

      “Conventional fixed satellite services [FSS] can’t be rebranded as broadband and succeed, this has been demonstrated,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat Inc. “There is an undying demand for broadband services, though.” Dankberg made his remarks here yesterday afternoon during the ISCe 2004 Satellite & Communications conference, sponsored by Hannover Fairs USA.

      Among the questions that still need to be addressed, according to Dankberg, including whether the technology will work, its pricing and how companies go about reducing churn as well as getting subsidies for end-user equipment.

      For in-depth coverage of the ISCe 2004 Satellite& Communications conference, see the June 7 issue of Satellite News. For more information about subscribing to PBI Media’s satellite newsletters, check out our Web site at

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