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Satellite Companies

ISP Directory: Cable | DSL | Local | National | Return to Personal Tech Section

Satellite ISPs: America Online, EarthLink, StarBand

America Online
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
800-466-5463
HQ: Dulles

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states and 115 countries; extra-cost roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $4.95/3 hrs. ($2.50/hr. extra); $9.95/5 hrs. ($2.95/hr. extra); $23.90/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 768 kbps/128 kbps, $44.95. Satellite: 400 kbps/33.6 kbps modem uplink, $44.95. (Add $10 for unlimited dial-up access.)
Extra E-mails: 6
Web Server Space: 84MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 150,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: 10:1
Total Users: 31 million
Yrs. of Experience: 6
Downtime: .1%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Win 3.1, Mac; required
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: AOL 7.0 offers the best value on the Internet by giving members the easiest way to get online, the best content and the largest, most reliable network in the world. AOL's ease of use and convenience make it vital to members' daily lives. [Back to top]
EarthLink
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@corp.earthlink.net
800-327-8454
HQ: Atlanta

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states.

Price Plans: Modem: $9.95/10 hrs. ($1/hr. extra), $21.95/unlimited, $26.95/unlimited. DSL (Covad, Genuity): 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $49.95. Satellite: 400 kbps/128 kbps, $69.95.
Extra E-mails: 7 (8 w/ $26.95 plan, 5 w/ satellite plan)
Web Server Space: 80 MB (60 MB w/ satellite plan)
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 30,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 4.8 million
Yrs. of Experience: 7
Downtime: 0.1%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Win 3.1, Mac
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: EarthLink provides a full range of innovative access, hosting and e-commerce solutions through a nationwide network of dial-up points of presence and broadband and wireless technologies. [Back to top]
StarBand
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
800-478-2722
HQ: McLean

Coverage: Entire area, subject to clear view of southern sky.

Price Plans: Satellite: 500 kbps/40 kbps, $69.99 (price may vary by reseller).
Extra E-mails: 9
Web Server Space: 10MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 35,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 40,000
Yrs. of Experience: 1
Downtime: -
Software: Win 98 or newer
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: Tired of waiting for high-speed Internet access via DSL/cable? Get StarBand now via www.starband.com. StarBand provides high-speed Internet access via satellite to virtually everyone, everywhere. One dish can receive StarBand's high-speed Internet service and Dish Network's satellite television programming.[Back to top]

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