updated 12:17 pm EDT, Thu September 27, 2012
Service hopes to bring broadband to rural US
Dish Network is set to launch its nationwide satellite broadband service in the US. Called dishNET, the service is a collaboration between Dish, ViaSat and Hughes, and hopes to offer the 14.5 million rural residents under-served by DSL and cable internet providers a satellite broadband connection, claimed to be as high as 10Mbps.
Packages for the service start at $40 for 5Mbps down, 1Mbit up and a 10-gigabyte monthly cap, when bundled with a satellite TV package. A higher connection speed reaching 10Mbps downstream and a 20-gigabyte cap is $50 as part of a bundle, but will cost $10 more when bought without a TV package.
The satellite broadband service will commence on October 1st. Dish's wireline broadband service will see a rebranding to dishNET shortly afterwards.