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Dish Network (DISH) is planning to launch a U.S. satellite broadband service on Monday with...

Dish Network (DISH) is planning to launch a U.S. satellite broadband service on Monday with relatively aggressive pricing. The service, which will be available nationwide but aimed at rural areas with poor broadband availability, will cost TV subscribers between $40-$70/month and deliver speeds of 5-10 Mbps, but will come with data caps. Dish currently offers costlier services in partnership with ViaSat (VSAT). Rival DirecTV (DTV) says it plans to offer nationwide broadband in Q1.
Comments (7)
  • It would be nice to see the greedy cable companies get some competition.
    26 Sep 2012, 07:32 PM Reply Like
  • Satellite internet offerings are complete garbage. Take this from a guy who had 6 years of experience in AZ. It's only feasible if you live in BFE, and now with nationwide 3G and new 4G mobile expansion plans, it's better to just pay the cell phone companies.
    26 Sep 2012, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • Ah, yes, I've found a plan for $49 @ month cell phone plan, no contract, no credit check, and......get this: a rewards program that pays me $20 each month for every 3 customers I refer!!! Unlimited voice, text and data (no fine print restrictions...4Gigs of data) and no throttling if you go over. Nationwide, best 4G coverage....that works!!
    26 Sep 2012, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • Agreed. If all you need to do is download email or a picture of the grandkids from time to time it works okay, but is way too expensive to keep just for that sort of thing (and dial-up is good enough for that anyway). And, if you need internet for anything more data intensive - like anything that involves streaming - it's completely useless. Even the crappy, spotty DSL that I get from CenturyLink is far better than any internet access I could get via a dish.
    27 Sep 2012, 06:13 AM Reply Like
  • Courtesy of the "broadband to rural" program levied by the gov't/FCC, to the tune of at least $115mil. Ridiculous subsidy, especially if it goes to the likes of CE/Dish.
    26 Sep 2012, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • Subsidy should be aimed at Wi-Fi type technologies imo... One of the neighboring towns got a grant (or heavily subsidized company), and the internet was actually great quality. Satellite internet is garbage.
    26 Sep 2012, 10:04 PM Reply Like
  • There shouldn't be any subsidy, period. There are paying rural customers, and they can afford to pay for the infrastructure without a UST.
    27 Sep 2012, 10:15 AM Reply Like
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