The state of the Internet... on Beaver Island
Great Lakes Energy announced that its rate for dial-up Internet
service has been lowered to $16.95 per month.
All new and existing dailup Internet subscribers will begin to
pay the lower rate effective June 1st. The new rate is due to
Great Lakes Energy's partnership with TransWorld Network, a telecommunications
company that partners with electric cooperatives to provide telecommunications
products and services. GLE has worked with TransWorld since May
of 2001 to offer customers long distance phone service. Customers
taking both services and who are enrolled in online billing will
receive a rate of $15.95 per month for Internet service and 5.9
cents per minute for long distance for all long distance calls
made anywhere in the continental United States, both in and out
of state, including local long distance, 24 hours a day seven
days a week.
More exciting, four customers in town within the line-of-sight
availability area around the antenna on the roof of the school
are now connected via 1.5 mbps down/1.5 mbps up always-on wireless
broadband service from GLE. Considering the high cost of a traditional
T1 line on the Island (upwards of $1500 per month), the only other
option here for a business-class connection, wireless at $69.95/month
plus setup should open new possibilities for local businesses
and in-town customers.
For those out of town wanting greater download speeds, GLE offers
DirecWay satellite service for $69.95 per month plus equipment
More information on any of these services can be obtained by
calling GLE at 1-877-981-3000.
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