Dish expands Internet offerings

DishNet offers high-speed service geared to rural market

Satcaster Dish is beefing up its Internet offerings with DishNet, a new high-speed service geared at the underserved rural market for $39.99 a month.

Service launches Oct. 1. Current Dish subscribers get a $10 discount for bundling it with video programming. It offers 4G-level speeds and is available with next-day installation, Dish said Thursday. Cable operators are seeing a stead rise in broadband subs, with or without TV video as part of a package. Dish has about 14 million subscribers, many rural but some metro and suburban as well.

“Today, we are launching a revolutionary consumer broadband service that delivers high-speed Internet available in metropolitan areas to rural markets nationwide,” said Dish CEO Joseph Clayton. “With nearly one-in-four rural residents lacking a high-speed connection, reaching these underserved markets is vital.”

In August, the Federal Communications Commission reported that 19 million Americans lack access to high-speed Internet, including 14.5 million who live in rural regions.

DishNet offers rural residents download speeds up to 10 mbps.

“Many unserved and underserved markets are years away from a telco or cable broadband build out, but DishNet is available today,” said Brian McIntyre, Dish’s VP of broadband.

DishNet will use Hughes and ViaSat satellites and said it can tailor the service to suit a customer’s needs, location and budget.