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Monday, March 27, 2006

Internet, Country Style

Getting a high-speed Internet connection in a major metropolitan area is hardly a problem these days. But outside the big cities, it's another story. Cable and DSL connectivity is not available to as many as 15 million households in rural communities in the US. And there, Hughes Communications sees a business opportunity.

Hughes, which primarily manages corporate satellite networks, will initially focus its Internet offerings on small businesses in rural communities that need Internet connectivity, and extend its service to residential consumers. However, Hughes' service will only appeal to those without any other broadband options, as it will be more expensive than cable or DSL ($60/month vs. $15-40/month).

Source: Washington Post