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Exede Internet's 'Invasion Tour' Rolls into Ohio State Fair With UFO on Board

Companies mentioned in this article: ViaSat Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not every day an alien spacecraft loaded onto an all-terrain military vehicle rolls into town, but that's just what's happening this week at the Ohio State Fair. The fair is the kickoff event for the "Exede Invasion Tour," hitting 11 states this summer and fall.

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A UFO-style spacecraft, home to Brian the Alien, will showcase "Exede(®) -- Internet So Fast It Must Be From Outer Space." The service is powered by ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite, which beams signals from household computers 22,000 miles into space and back.

Fair-goers are invited to visit the exhibit, spin the prize wheel, take a photo with Brian the Alien, talk to an Internet specialist and try the Exede service on a large Windows 8 or Mac desktop, or on an iPad or Samsung tablet.

ViaSat's Exede Internet provides download speeds of 12 Mbps - significantly faster than previous generations of satellite and many DSL services. The service is available in most parts of Ohio, including rural and remote areas across the state.

At a time when many Internet customers are concerned they're not getting the speeds they pay for, the FCC 2014 Measuring Broadband America report reflects that an Exede subscriber paying for 12 Mbps download speeds has a good chance of getting at least 17 Mbps. For the second consecutive year, Exede Internet led other internet services, including cable, fiber and DSL, in surpassing advertised speeds.

Exede Spaceship and demo station location: 17(th) Ave. between Gates 3 and 10
Introductory service offer: Available for duration of fair. Details available at demo area.
Ohio Business Involvement: Bennett Services, Zanesville, Ohio, Award-winning Exede dealer.
Visuals available: Photo of spaceship and truck, Brian the Alien, logos.

About Exede (www.exede.com)
Exede, a service of ViaSat Inc., delivers high-speed internet to residential subscribers and businesses across the U.S., including rural and remote areas not served by cable or DSL. With download speeds of up to 12 Mbps, the Exede service is 240 times faster than dial-up and twice as fast as average DSL. In 2014, the company introduced Exede Business, a 15 Mbps service that includes a generous data allowance and 24 x 7 U.S.-based customer support. ViaSat also offers Exede Voice residential telephone service over its network, optimized for quality and reliability. For the second consecutive year, Exede Internet led all internet service providers in surpassing advertised speeds in the FCC annual benchmarking report, Measuring Broadband America.

About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)

ViaSat creates satellite and other wireless networking systems that efficiently deliver the most bandwidth for fast, secure, and high-quality communications to any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. The company offers Exede services in North America, which feature ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; worldwide mobile satellite services, including global tracking and messaging as well as high-speed in-flight Internet; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 3,300 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations.

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SOURCE ViaSat Inc.