Looking at billions in potential FCC subsidies, Viasat stops worrying and learns to love LEO broadband

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A government waving $20.4 billion in subsidies is bound to turn heads and the U.S. Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) has turned Viasat Inc. Chief Executive Mark Dankberg’s head a full 180 degrees.

The man who pounded the pavement for years proselytizing the merits of broadband from geostationary orbit, and who recently acknowledged the possibility that MEO-orbit might have some advantages, has now scrapped MEO in favor of a 300-satellite LEO constellation.

Broadband hardware and services provider Viasat said . . .

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