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SpeedConnect Announces 4G Network Deployed by Huawei in Michigan

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SpeedConnect will be offering services designed to support high usage demands. It will launch a 4G network, providing up to 10Mbps x 2Mbps connections, throughout Michigan. The new network, deployed by Huawei using the company's SingleRAN solution, will offer comprehensive and secure fixed and mobile broadband solutions for homes and businesses in the Thumb of Michigan.

"We've been working very hard with Huawei to offer our existing customers and Thumb residents a better broadband connection," said Bruce Moore, Vice President and General Manager of SpeedConnect. "SpeedConnect will not be satisfied to keep apace of emerging technologies and bandwidth demand; we're aggressively spending and developing the best-for-streaming, highest-capacity networks possible." The new network will provide nearly 100 percent coverage in the three counties of Huron, Tuscola, and Sanillac.

About the 4G Network:

  • The 4G network will support ultra-broadband Internet access, IP telephony, gaming services, and streaming multimedia.
  • SpeedConnect will offer many options to connect to the 4G network including indoor modems, outdoor modems, USB devices and personal routers.
  • A personal wireless router that acts as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot can be connected to SpeedConnect's 4G network and provide Internet access for up to 5 devices. This works at a distance of up to 10m or 30 ft., and will provide Internet or network access to any Wi-Fi enabled peripheral device.
  • SpeedConnect's 4G service will provide up to 10Mbps x 2Mbps connections.
  • SpeedConnect will deploy 4G technology on 24 tower locations throughout the Thumb. Communities that will be served include: Frankenmuth, Pigeon, Unionville, Sebewaing, Akron, Fairgrove, Caro, Cass City, Bad Axe, Ubly, Harbor Beach, Kinde, Kingston, Clio, Mayville, Millington, Marlette, Sandusky Deckerville, Minden City, Argyle, Snover, Carsonville, Dayton, North Branch, and Peck.
  • SpeedConnect anticipates offering a unique prepaid service option on the new 4G network. Customers will be able to "pay as you go," and have the ability to recharge their broadband account without monthly recurring fees.

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SpeedConnect High-Speed Broadband’s Eastern Iowa Investment Continues

Muscatine Expansion Increases Speeds, Capacity

Our premium wireless broadband service is expanding coverage and capacity in Eastern Iowa with a new Muscatine tower. Residents will see enhanced coverage with technology upgrades. This improvement complements a recent and adjacent coverage and capacity investment made in Wilton for expanded coverage. Providing the newest, best technology keeps even peak usage buffer-free.

SpeedConnect is driven to build the best-for-streaming Internet experience in Eastern Iowa. We’re very pleased to be making so many new customers happy.

Editor’s Note

Part 2 Hardware: How to Ditch Your Cable Provider Without Giving Up on TV

Newer HDTVs have Internet hookups built right in, but there are plenty of ways to get web video to your existing set. Devices include Roku, TiVo, the new Apple TV, Google TV, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and countless HDTV sets, Blu-ray players and other more. According to a Nielson survey, the method of choice for most people is through game consoles. Owners of game machines spend an average of seven to eight hours per week watching streaming video.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 streams Netflix and sells TV shows through its Xbox Live service. Sony's PS3 has movies and shows for rent. But both gaming consoles are limited to content approved by their parent companies.

CNET further breaks the alternatives list down with the following recommendations:

Roku 2 XS: Best solution for less than $100

Apple TV: Best solution for Apple fans

PS3: Best solution for gamers

LG BD670: Best Wi-Fi Blu-ray player

WD TV Live Hub: Best solution for hard-core tech geeks

Veebeam HD: Best wireless PC-to-TV solution

A cheap HDMI cable: Best DIY wired PC-to-TV solution

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SpeedConnect is happy to welcome new members to our Iowa team

Katie Wagner

Katie is the newest member of the SpeedConnect family, now the Office Manager for our Iowa location. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she is an Iowa native. Katie comes to SpeedConnect with years of property management and a real estate background serving the Coralville and Iowa City Area.

Patrick McDougal

Patrick came to SpeedConnect from five years of active duty in the Army. He worked in missile systems and was trained in network dynamics for multiple groups of military personnel. He says he climbed and jumped from various heights throughout his military career so part of his job includes tower work, maintaining our strong network capacity.

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