MARGARETVILLE, N.Y. — Satellite broadband provider Viasat Inc., establishing a foothold in Europe while waiting for the late-2021 arrival of the Viasat-3 terabit-throughput satellite, is finding out that European governments are as bad as the United States in assessing broadband penetration in their territories.

That has made it more difficult for Viasat and its erstwhile partner and future competitor, fleet operator Eutelsat, to plan a commercial consumer broadband strategy.

Viasat and Eutelsat are still tied by the terms of their joint venture . . .

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