press release service start June 2005
« on: 16. Jun 2005 at 11:41 »
press release 19 May 2005:
WildBlue Communications, Inc. today announced the company's
commercial service rollout will begin the first week in June. As
previously announced, WildBlue initially will be available through
participating members of the National Rural Telecommunications
The company has selected Bijou Telephone Cooperative (Bijou) as the
NRTC member to install WildBlue's first customer. Bijou provides
telephone and dial-up Internet services to approximately 2500
customers along the I-70 corridor from the East side of Denver to
"The time has finally come!" exclaimed Tom Moore, CEO of WildBlue.
"We've completed our nationwide beta test, and a whole new world of
information and opportunity awaits the estimated 20 million
households that do not currently have access to DSL or cable modem
Internet service. WildBlue is proud to start offering broadband
services to the people of small-town America and the underserved
customers in out-of-the-way pockets all across the country.
WildBlue will reach these audiences, and will bring with it the
benefits of high speed Internet access they have not been able to
enjoy in the past."
The WildBlue service will be rolled out by NRTC members during the
month of June, eventually being offered by over 280 rural electric
and telephone companies by the end of the month. WildBlue plans to
add rural consumer electronics and satellite TV dealers across the
country over the following few months, and expects to reach national
availability of its service by the end of the third quarter 2005.
The company will offer three basic service packages to consumers and
small businesses: Value Pack - $49.95 per month for speeds up to
512 kbps; Select Pack - $69.95 per month for speeds up to 1.0 Mbps;
and Pro Pack - $79.95 per month for speeds up to 1.5 Mbps. All
packages include ISP services including email and web space, the
WildBlue Portal, featuring the latest news, information and
entertainment, customer care, and an equipment warranty. WildBlue
will initially offer its equipment package for $299.00 and
professional installation for $179.95. Free installation will be
offered by NRTC members as a special rollout promotion."
Best regards, Eric