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December 14, 2004
FAIRFIELD, Mont. and SAN FRANCISCO -- 3 Rivers Communications, a rural Montana telephone cooperative, today announced that it has launched the state’s first fully converged wireless broadband access network powered by SOMA Networks, a leading provider of next-generation broadband wireless access technology. 3 Rivers is rolling out affordable wireless high-speed Internet access and landline quality voice service to residential and small business subscribers in Great Falls, Montana. The company is offering three levels of broadband service and up to two separate phone lines, combined with features like voice mail and caller ID, starting at $49.95 per month. 3 Rivers is utilizing the SOMAä solution to supplement its competitive offerings in rural and urban markets in Montana, by extending its reach beyond that allowed by currently deployed technology.
By utilizing the SOMA solution, 3 Rivers will satisfy the large unmet demand for affordable broadband and voice service in hard to reach locations. 3 Rivers is a full choice telecommunications provider, already offering local telephone service, long distance, local dial-up Internet, DSL broadband Internet, wireless PCS telephone service, satellite TV, satellite broadband Internet, and satellite telephone service. “The addition of the SOMA technology allows us one more vehicle to serve customers with broadband and voice, using whatever technology best fits the situation and location,” said 3 Rivers Wireless Operations Manager Ernie Peterson.
“3 Rivers considered many different wireless broadband options, and the SOMA solution was the only system that allowed us to deploy service quickly with a rapid return on investment,” said Steve Krogue, telephone Operations Manager of 3 Rivers. “We needed a system that delivers multi-megabit data and voice services, that is easy to install by the end-user and does not require extensive provisioning, and provides service across any particular market with a minimum number of cell sites. In each case, the SOMA solution exceeded our expectations. The demand for broadband service in rural locations is huge. Through our relationship with SOMA Networks, we will be able to successfully and effectively serve this growing market.”
SOMA Networks Inc.
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