Hughes extends broadband availability to remote government offices

New plans aimed at far-flung small and midsize facilities

In an effort to provide government agencies and offices in remote locations with affordable broadband Internet service, Hughes Network Systems LLC has unveiled a group of services called Connect & Express for Government.

All Connect & Express for Government service plans include commercial-grade equipment, installation by certified professionals, and 24/7 U.S.-based technical support, according to the June 22 Hughes announcement.

Connect Service plans are best suited for small offices with one to two users and teleworkers; Hughes Express Service Plans are intended for medium and large government offices with multiple users, the announcement states.

"With Connect & Express for Government, these remote offices only need a view of the Southern sky — not a complex infrastructure of wires and cables —  to get cost-effective broadband Internet service, so they can confidently run the high-bandwidth applications to help them operate more efficiently and effectively," Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes, said in the announcement.

Hughes, based in Germantown, Md., is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., a global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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