Dish Network, a popular satellite service provider in US is launching satellite broadband service targeting users residing in rural areas. The nationwide service will commence on October 1. The new service is being referred by the company as Dishnet. The service will be offered in two packages. First package will provide 5 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. It will have a data cap of 10GB.
This package will cost users $39.99 (approximately Rs. 2,100) per month. The second plan can be availed at $49.99(approximately Rs. 2,600) per month. This package will offer download speeds up to 10 Mbps. Data cap for this plan stands at 20GB. To avail these competitive prices, users will have to sign a 2 year contract with Dish Network and bundle the internet plan with ‘America’s Top 120’ TV package or any other expensive TV package from the network.
Equipment fees should be paid separately and are not included in the price of the package. Installation charges on the other hand will be dropped for new and existing users if they bundle the internet plan with TV packages. Users who do not wish to bundle up the services will have to pay $99 for installation and set up. This cost will not arrive as a burden for most users considering the fact that competing companies are charging $200 (approximately Rs. 10,500) and above for installation and set up.
Dish plans to focus on rural areas with this service. The company believes that there is a lot of potential for this service in rural areas as there are not enough broadband connectivity options there. Only downfall of the service seems to be the data cap. However the data cap will be more than sufficient for users who do not download too much content or watch streaming videos in high quality.