Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) — at company Extraordinary meeting of shareholders — received the necessary shareholder approvals for the proposed acquisition of Inmarsat.

Viasat continues to expect the transaction to close in the second half of calendar year 2022, subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and clearances and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

The combined company will create a global leader in communications innovation with increased scale and reach to connect the world affordably, securely and reliably. Viasat believes the strategic combination will accelerate the pace of innovation to help create new and better services for customers, expand opportunities for employees and provide a foundation for meaningful and positive free cash flow.

The full results of the extraordinary meeting will be communicated in a Form 8-K to be filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the next few days, after certification by Viasat Election Inspector.

Richard BaldridgePresident and CEO, said:This approval is an important step as we approach the completion of our acquisition of Inmarsat. The overwhelming support from our shareholders confirms that this transformative combination is in the best interests of our company, our shareholders, and enables significant future growth in revenue, EBITDA and free cash flow. The combination of our unique teams, technologies and resources will provide an incredible foundation to advance broadband communications and improve performance, reliability and value for our customers. We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to the opportunities ahead..”

Additionally, Viasat Inc. is raising the Satellite internet at home experience in the United States and is now offering customers in select markets new residential plans that will, in the company’s words, deliver blazing high-speed connections that will allow customers to do more, faster – download and streaming more movies, videos and content, to enjoy a faster web browsing experience.

viasat New choice Home Internet Plans will give US consumers more options to select the right Internet service to meet their speed and data needs by offering five enhanced service plans that will deliver download speeds of up to 25 Mbps and 150 Mbps in some areas.

Viasat’s New Choice Home Internet plans are available now, in select markets, with plans to roll out nationwide. Additional features include:

  • 4K streaming support
  • Download speeds doubled in certain areas
  • Unlimited standard data
  • Best value for money on the satellite market
  • Price from $49.99/month

In a recent survey of Gallup, nearly half of all American adults said they would prefer to live in a rural area or small town. This desire highlights the importance of high-speed satellite Internet as people move through suburban and rural parts of America. Viasat’s New Choice Home Internet plans can help meet this demand for high-speed connectivity, even in the most difficult-to-reach places, by offering plans that offer download speeds of up to 150 Mbps in select areas.

Viasat is committed to providing more bandwidth, speeds and data to its residential customers. The company’s constellation of next-generation satellites, ViaSat-3, should be able to deliver even greater bandwidth capabilities which will translate to more speed, data, and streaming options. Viasat has received various accolades from outlets, including being named the ‘Fastest Satellite Internet Provider‘ among rural Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United States by CBS and receiving the Ideal for high speeds designation by ZDNet.

Artistic rendition of the ViaSat-3 satellite, courtesy of the company.

Steven MesnickGeneral Manager of US Broadband at Viasat, said:With the launch of these New Choice Home Internet plans, we are introducing a new satellite Internet experience to help meet the changing needs of residential consumers. By optimizing our satellite network, we plan to deliver more data at faster speeds, more consistently. These speeds will allow us to deliver the experience our customers want. Our new plans demonstrate a technological prowess that we are proud of: offering 100 times the speed compared to the first plans we offered when we entered the residential Internet market ten years ago with the launch of ViaSat-1. We are committed to innovating so our customers can do more, faster.”