Two-way satellite Net service launches

StarBand Communications is now offering two-way satellite Internet service at up to 500 kbps down and 153 kbps up for $60 to $70 per month. Users will also need a 24-by-36" satellite dish and a satellite modem for another $600. Microsoft Corp. reportedly spearheaded the formation of StarBand, that also includes money and expertise from Gilat Satellite Networks, ING Furman Selz Investments, and EchoStar Communications. The service includes MSN as the ISP and the company is focusing marketing efforts in areas without other highspeed access.

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