Avonline Pledges Support for UK Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s Superfast Broadband in Rural Areas Commitment

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In his first major speech on the subject, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, recently committed that delivering high speed broadband connections to rural areas will be a priority of the Coalition government. Avonline has pledged to support the government achieve this commitment using their best selling 3.6Mbps Tooway satellite broadband service which is specifically aimed at rural areas where they have either unreliable or slow broadband service or worse still, no service at all.

Avonline provides a 3.6Mbps satellite broadband service anywhere in the UK from £1 per day

Government must ensure we do not open up a new digital divide between the urban areas and rural communities where superfast broadband may never be viable

In his recent maiden speech as the newly appointed UK Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt made it clear that David Cameron’s coalition government is committed to bringing high speed broadband to all parts of the UK and to ensure that all rural and urban areas will be treated equally.

“Government must ensure we do not open up a new digital divide between the urban areas and rural communities where superfast broadband may never be viable," Mr Hunt said.

He went on to say that it was a “scandal” that three million households could not get access to decent broadband and while he supported the previous government’s target of a minimum 2Mbps connection across the UK by 2012, he called it “pitifully unambitious” compared to other countries.

Since it launched its best selling Tooway Satellite Broadband product in July 2009, Avonline has been passionately committed to providing customers in rural areas get a fast broadband connection today, wherever they live. With a market leading 3.6Mbps download and 384Kbps upload service covering 100% of the UK, it has been attracting increasing numbers of customers to get their broadband via satellite.

Avonline has continued to find ways to help more people afford satellite broadband by more than halving the hardware and install charge recently. On its standard Tooway home user Satellite Broadband service that means that customers can now pay just £299 to purchase the hardware and have it installed. Customers then have a choice of monthly service options starting from £49.99. There are 4 packages available, all providing the same download and upload speeds but with varying levels of data usage. This brand new offer is unique in the market and will bring satellite broadband to a much wider community of users, with other similar satellite broadband solutions costing over twice as much.

Commenting on Mr Hunt’s recent announcement, Craig Roberts, Avonline’s Broadband Services Manager said, “It’s great to know that the new government is committed to helping the UK’s rural community get fast reliable broadband services, something we at Avonline have been promoting for many years”.

Avonline's satellite broadband installation consists of a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet, giving customers immediate broadband access following a simple installation. Over 1 million customers already get their broadband via satellite technology. In addition, the Tooway service has the ability to deliver money saving voice over satellite telephony services (VoIP) and now has the added value option of receiving Freesat High Definition digital television services from the same satellite dish

About Avonline Plc
Avonline plc is one of the UK's leading Installation and Business Services companies. Established in 1981, with around 500 engineers providing broadband and digital services to customers around Europe. Avonline has a specialist division deploying broadband satellite solutions to provide a high speed networks supporting VPN, VoIP, video and broadband data. Avonline is supports the Government’s Digital Inclusion philosophy and the http:/Race Online 2012 initiative of which they are a partner.

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