Dish To Increase Broadband Speeds to Rural America
Dish is increasing the speeds of the broadband connectivity it currently provides to rural areas in the U.S. The provider will announce the name of the new service - which will tie in with a unified marketing campaign around the company's Hopper DVR and satellite offerings - and pricing at the end of the month.
"The new service will be 10 to 20 times faster" than was previously offered, said Dave Arland, a Dish spokesman, adding that broadband and TV bundles will probably start at less than $50 a month. The pricing structure will include broadband data caps.
The faster speeds - 5 Mbps to consumers coast-to-coast and 10 Mbps to the West Coast and eastern half of the country, with small pockets in between - is made possible by Dish's new Exede and Hughes Gen4 EchoStar XVII satellites.