updated: 5/9/2007 12:20:05 PM
AT&T, Inc. says it is now providing its satellite-based broadband Internet service to homes and businesses in rural communities in Indiana. The company says the service is aimed at areas that have little or no access to broadband connection. AT&T says the service is in addition to its rural high speed Internet initiative that was completed in 33 Indiana communities in April.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
INDIANAPOLIS, May 9, 2007 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the expansion of AT&T Yahoo! ® Broadband via Satellite (provided by WildBlue) to homes and businesses across the company’s 22-state wireline footprint, including Indiana, with a focus on areas that otherwise have little or no access to a broadband connection.
The announcement marks first-time satellite Internet service availability from AT&T for consumers in the former BellSouth nine-state region, and substantially increases availability to areas not addressed in the company’s previous launch of satellite-based broadband Internet to residential customers in Indiana and in the rest of AT&T’s traditional 13-state service territory. The expansion directly supports the company’s effort to deliver broadband service to millions of customers in rural and remote areas, providing an important alternative to customers currently using dial-up service.
“All consumers in Indiana deserve the advantages of broadband Internet access — and today’s announcement brings us one step closer to completely fulfilling this goal,” said Hardmon Williams, vice president and general manager, AT&T Indiana markets. “Access to a fast Internet connection opens up a whole new world to consumers — for both personal and business use. We maintain our commitment to making this happen for Hoosiers.”
AT&T Yahoo! Broadband via Satellite (provided by WildBlue) customers can select from three service packages, starting as low as $54.95 a month, and broadband speed options of up to 1.5 Mbps downstream and up to 256 Kbps upstream.
The satellite-based broadband offering today builds on an initial announcement made in May 2006. Over the past year, AT&T and WildBlue have worked closely to increase capacity and expand access to more customers.
“In remote communities across Indiana, we have found that consumers are anxious to sign up for broadband and to migrate from their current dial-up connection. We have seen a demand for a satellite-based broadband Internet service in the past, and our ongoing priority is to deliver on this demand and to provide access to high speed Internet as widely as possible — especially in areas where DSL or cable-modem service may not be available,” said Hardmon Williams, vice president and general manager, AT&T Indiana markets.
Rural, satellite-based broadband subscribers will receive direct access to the AT&T Yahoo! portal and the leading service features available with AT&T’s broadband service. Customers will benefit from a unique online experience, including differentiated entertainment-related video content; virtually unlimited e-mail storage; an award-winning parental controls offering; industry-leading safety and security features built into an online protection suite; multiple e-mail addresses; and a core offering of customer-driven features, such as online marketing tools, to further customize the online experience.
Customers can receive additional service information and can confirm availability in their area by calling (800) ATT-2020.
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