Denver, Colorado – (The Hosting News) – June 12, 2006 – DIRECTV, Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corporation, will provide broadband access to consumers and small offices in rural areas and small cities with WildBlue Communications, Inc., through five year wholesale distribution agreements. WildBlue is the only satellite-based Internet solution that DIRECTV and EchoStar will offer to their respective customers for the next 5 years. Currently offering digital television entertainment via satellite to a combined total of more than 27 million customers nationwide, DIRECTV and EchoStar, while WildBlue provides broadband Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in communities that are not currently served, or that are underserved.
DIRECTV and EchoStar intend to begin offering WildBlue high-speed Internet service in the coming months across the contiguous United States. The offerings will be provided separately under the DIRECTV and EchoStar brand names, and sub-branded as ”powered by WildBlue.” The WildBlue broadband offering will be focused on small town America and rural markets. David Leonard, Chief Executive Officer at WildBlue commented, ”Our agreements with DIRECTV and EchoStar are a turning point for WildBlue. We have worked very hard this year to make our affordable broadband Internet service available to every home and small business across the continental U.S., and we are pleased to be working with DIRECTV and EchoStar to further strengthen our presence nationwide and to extend their respective product offerings as well.”
Bruce Churchill, President of New Ventures for DIRECTV, Inc. added, ”We are pleased to offer this proven service as part of the portfolio offered to our customers who are interested in the power and convenience of broadband Internet access bundled with our outstanding video product. This is an exciting step in providing broadband access and other services to our rural customers.”
Nolan Daines, Executive Vice President, Business Development for EchoStar offered, ”More and more people are embracing the convenience of getting their Internet service through their pay-TV provider, and EchoStar is pleased that we are now able to provide a high-speed Internet solution to our DISH Network customers. An always-on broadband Internet connection, WildBlue’s service offers access speeds that are up to thirty times faster than dial-up. WildBlue’s two-way wireless service provides high-speed data in both directions, upstream and downstream. Customers do not need an additional phone or cable line in order to receive broadband Internet access.”
WildBlue Communications, Inc. was established to provide broadband access to consumers and small offices in rural areas and small cities with service is available in the contiguous United States.
To learn more, please visit: www.wildblue.com.