ViaSat Selected as a Finalist in 26th Annual CONNECT Most Innovative New Product Awards

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 Carlsbad, CA | September 25, 2013– Exede® In The Air in-flight Internet service from ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has been selected as a finalist in the Aerospace and Security Technologies category for the 2013 Most Innovative New Product Awards, sponsored by CONNECT. CONNECT, a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County, continues its twenty-six year tradition of honoring San Diego’s leaders of innovation and groundbreaking new products with the annual award.

“CONNECT is such a force behind innovation in our high-tech community that we’re always honored to be recognized by them as one of the leading innovators in San Diego,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat.

Exede In The Air is an in-flight connectivity and entertainment system for commercial airliners that is designed to eclipse the quality and speeds of today’s in-cabin airline broadband. While other services are managing customer expectations and limiting usage to maintain service quality, the ViaSat service offers the performance and economics to encourage every passenger to go online with 12 Mbps service to every seat. JetBlue and United Airlines are planning to begin offering the service by the end of 2013.

The CONNECT Most Innovative New Product Awards ceremony, to be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on Dec. 6, will honor product innovation in the following categories: Aerospace & Security Technologies, Communications & IT, Hardware & General Technology, Life Sciences – Diagnostics & Research Tools, Life Sciences – Medical Products, Mobile Apps, Software, Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies and Sustainability.

“This year’s finalists are among the strongest we’ve seen,” said Tyler Orion, interim president, CONNECT. “In the 26 years we’ve produced the MIP Awards, we’ve seen San Diego County continue to produce impressive technology innovation across a broad range of industries, and selecting winners from among this year’s group of finalists will be an exciting challenge.”

The 2013 Most Innovative New Product Awards receive generous support from lead sponsors Life Technologies and Qualcomm, as well as supporting sponsors including AmericanWest Bank, Barney & Barney, Cox, Cymer, D&K Engineering, Hughes Marino, Kaiser Permanente, Knobbe Martens, Merck and PricewaterhouseCoopers

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