Hughes has announced that at the end of August, 2008 they will be offering download speeds as high as 5Mbps. The satellite company states that the new speeds called the ElitePremium plan, will offer consumer and businesses faster speeds than previously possible. In an article it states that:

ElitePremium joins the newly unveiled Elite and ElitePlus plans with download speeds of up to 2 Mbps and 3 Mbps, respectively and the popular consumer plans — Home, Pro, and ProPlus which feature recently increased download speeds of up to 1 Mbps, 1.2 Mbps and 1.6 Mbps, respectively.

“ElitePremium rounds out the most exciting range of satellite Internet access plans ever offered,” said Mike Cook, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Hughes. “Over the last few weeks we have enhanced the speeds across our full range of service plans. We are the only provider that offers consumers in underserved parts of the country such a comprehensive range of true broadband service options.”

I went over to the Hughes site and noticed that the 3Mbps speeds currently cost between $189.99 to $209.99 per month. I would venture a guess that the new plan would cost more. Hughes satellite system currently serves some 400,000 subscribers, many of whom can not get DSL nor cable access to the Internet.

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