Motient was founded in 1988 as (AMSC) American Mobile Satellite Corporation. Its acquisition of ARDIS was completed on March 31, 1998. In April 2000, the company changed its name to Motient.

Fortune 1000, field service and mobile professionals utilize Motient solutions on a daily basis to relay critical information in real time. Motient owns and operates a ground based network stretching across North America. Each month, millions of messages travel the Motient network, the nation's first and largest two-way wireless data network.