DISH helps mark Colorado Satellite Broadband Day


What can cross mountains, leap over valleys and deliver radio, video and information in a single bounding beam? Why, satellite Internet broadband, of course.

The technical advances and service advantages of satellite Internet broadband were on display near the Colorado State Capitol Jan. 29 as part of an informational event led by the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association for Colorado lawmakers. DISH joined with fellow industry representatives from ViaSat, Hughes Network and DIRECTV to demonstrate how today’s satellite-based capabilities work and how they can reach not only Colorado consumers across the state, but also areas across the country that are unserved or underserved by wireline services.

“Today’s satellite Internet broadband is a fast and reliable solution for rural communities,” said Bill Hunt, Director, Regulatory. “Our demonstrations today showed that we can help connect communities to the vast resources available on the Internet regardless of their location.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper referenced expanding access to broadband in his State of the State speech last month, and Colorado lawmakers have been considering legislation that would boost funding for broadband expansion. The services displayed offered speeds of 15 mbps download and 3 mbps upload, which makes the service a cost-effective solution for the underserved and unserved areas. dishNET, launched in 2012, is one such option for affordable, high-speed satellite-based Internet.