WildBlue Sees Strong Demand for Satellite Broadband

Remember WildBlue Communications? The Denver-based startup, which is delivering high-speed data service to rural areas by satellite, claims to be enjoying stronger-than-expected consumer demand for its broadband products since launching in June. In a letter issued late last week, WildBlue CEO Dave Leonard predicted that the company will wrap up the year with more than 25,000 subscribers despite "capacity constraints in certain areas." Leonard said the company is now "updating" its retailer network "to match the increased demand in these hot spots" and should resume full customer installations nationwide next year. With more than 600 retailers signed up in rural parts of the U.S. now, WildBlue aims to double this total by the spring. Leonard also said WildBlue, backed by Liberty Media, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, is earning rave reviews from its initial customers. In surveys, he said, nine out of 10 subscribers said they would recommend WildBlue to a friend or family member.
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