WildBlue Plans June Broadband Rollout

Watch out, cable operators. WildBlue is finally coming. WildBlue Communications announced Mon. that it plans to launch its long-awaited broadband satellite Internet service in June. The service, which will compete against cable modems and DSL, will offer data download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps to homes and small businesses in the continental U.S. The company will initially offer the high-speed data service through about 300 participating members of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC). WildBlue aims to make the service nationally available by the end of Sept. The service will cost $49.95 a month and up. WildBlue will sell the equipment to customers for $299. Professional installation will cost another $179.95, although NRTC affiliates will waive the charge at first.

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