WildBlue Communications sees clear skies ahead -- and they're dotted with satellites. The broadband services provider sells satellite-based high-speed Internet services to about 400,000 consumer and small business subscribers in rural areas of the US, where access to DSL or cable Internet service is limited. Customers access the network via a small satellite dish installed on their premises. It sells directly and through a network of dealers and installers. WildBlue's satellite network consists of three Ka-band geosynchronous satellites; it also leases satellite network capacity from EchoStar in order to extend its range and bandwidth. The company is a subsidiary of California-based satellite equipment maker ViaSat.