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Nevada State Parks Department Selects Viasat to Provide Statewide Park Connectivity

Sept. 4, 2018

Viasat Inc. announced the Nevada State Parks Department will tap into Viasat's satellite-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot platform, to provide a rich connectivity experience at its parks statewide.

In January 2017, during his State of the State address, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval unveiled the Explore Your Nevada initiative. This program highlighted the expansion and creation of new Nevada State Park locations, as well as a number of new park amenities—including Wi-Fi enabled parks and campgrounds—to stay competitive and relevant in the outdoor recreation market.

"We're proud to be the first U.S. state to announce our commitment to put Wi-Fi in all of our state parks," said Eric Johnson, administrator, Nevada State Parks. "Our long-term goal is to ensure the millions of park guests that visit our locations each year have access to the same consistent high-speed, high-quality connectivity Wi-Fi service—park-to-park—providing a true value when visiting parks across our state. By partnering with Viasat, we believe we can deliver on our mission to modernize our park connectivity offering—even in the most challenging park locations."

Viasat brings decades of experience supporting outdoor connectivity networks nationwide. The Company currently provides global communications and connectivity services to federal, state and local governments; militaries; small businesses; multinational corporations; airlines; and consumers, among other markets.

"Viasat has deep knowledge and experience in building, operating and monitoring complex Wi-Fi networks in the hardest-to-reach locations, most extreme weather conditions and in places where uptime is critical," said Cody Catalena, vice president and general manager, Global Business Solutions, Viasat. "We are well positioned as a broadband and managed Wi-Fi provider to support the State of Nevada in their quest to bring high-speed internet to their diverse set of park locations."

Specific to the Nevada State Parks system, Viasat will leverage its advanced ViaSat-1 and ViaSat-2 satellite systems, coupled with its unique Wi-Fi services platform, to deliver a comprehensive hotspot solution to Nevada. For this project, Viasat has aligned with WiFi in the Park, LLC, a Nevada-based telecom consultancy, to help define the connectivity strategy across the parks, which include focusing on the most highly-visited parks first.

 

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