I just got a call from a new resident in town who said that DirecTV just installed a black modem for WildBlue service, which he said was supposed to be quite a bit faster. From the chatter on this forum, I didn't think there were any installations, yet. But this sounds like the real thing. I'm going over tomorrow to check it out and run some tests. Will report back. Let me know if I'm getting my hopes up unnecessarily.