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FCC report: ViaSat exceeds advertised speeds

Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc.’s Exede Satellite Internet service lived up to its name last year, exceeding its advertised broadband speed, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s annual report on broadband speeds.

The FCC report said even during peak periods, service from ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) had speeds 140 percent or better than its advertised speeds -- the widest margin of any of the broadband services the agency measured.

The FCC said on average, ViaSat delivered 161 percent of advertised upload speeds, compared to 108 percent for fiber-to-the-home and cable-based services, and 99 percent for DSL-based services.

Exede service had the least amount of variation in performance based on the time of day, consistently ranking at 130 percent and above of its advertised speeds.

Exede became the first satellite provider to be included in the report, which measures the performance of the nation’s top 14 broadband providers.

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