Len Yanoff is a busy man. The small business owner operates no fewer than three core businesses at Central Office, his office store in suburban Potomac Falls, Virginia. In addition to packing/shipping services and printing/copying services, Central Office also offers full computer services, including custom computers, network design and installation, and computer repair. A walk through the store reveals shelf after shelf lined with shipping supplies, computers, parts, and accessories, including novelty items such as decorator mailers, stylish computer carrying bags, and computers housed in transparent casings that show the workings inside.
Central Office, which serves consumers and small office/home office (SOHO) customers, relies heavily on broadband access to accomplish its work. But when Yanoff purchased the business in 2003, the suburban shopping center where it was located had no access to landline broadband services. So Yanoff decided to try HughesNet broadband satellite service. The HughesNet Small Office Service Plan, consisting of a modem, a small satellite dish, and affordable monthly service, offered the most economical approach to meet Yanoff’s Internet access requirements. “There is no other way to offer the services in this store without high-speed Internet,” said Yanoff. “And HughesNet was the only solution that provided the broadband capabilities I needed to operate my business. Case closed.”
HughesNet service has become indispensable for operating Central Office. The packing and shipping business has complete interactive services with both United Parcel Service and Federal Express. The copying and printing business relies on Internet access to download files for printing. And constructing custom computers and servicing computers with software updates require high-speed download capability. “In order to make that happen in the shortest amount of time, you must have high-speed Internet service,” said Yanoff. “HughesNet to the rescue. If you tried to do that by dial-up connection, you could go to sleep, come back the next day, and it still won’t be done. It’s that simple.”
Central Office also depends on HughesNet for many day-to-day online tasks such as accounting, banking, bill paying, and researching new products and services. “There is no aspect of the HughesNet service that hasn’t worked for me, that doesn’t provide what I need when I need it,” said Yanoff. “We’ve never missed a beat.”
Central Office recently upgraded to the new HN7000 modem from an earlier model, gaining even higher speed and performance. “It offers me the capability to do everything I want online,” said Yanoff. “The combination of access speed and the right service plan provides everything I need at the right price.”
For Yanoff, the most important factor is availability. When broadband is central to running the business, HughesNet brings broadband options to small businesses, even when there is no landline access. “The whole issue is that there is a source for high-speed Internet services that is not tied to wired services,” said Yanoff. “HughesNet is at the core of what we do every day of the week. In our case, and for any small business without landline broadband, HughesNet offers the best, economically viable approach to getting high-speed Internet service.”
High-Speed Internet for Small Businesses and Consumers
An estimated 10 to 14 million small businesses and households in the U.S. currently have no access to terrestrial broadband cable or DSL. This underserved market has spurred the rapid growth of high-speed Internet access by satellite for small businesses and consumers alike.
Available throughout the contiguous U.S. and Canada, HughesNet is the leading high-speed satellite Internet service in North America. All that’s needed is a view of the southern sky. With service plans starting at approximately $60/month, HughesNet is an affordable, complete broadband service that includes high-storage email and a Web portal that can be customized to display news, weather, sports, and financial information. Equipped with a compact indoor modem and a small satellite dish, usually installed on the roof or an outside wall, HughesNet is available online and at over a thousand retail locations nationwide, including independent dealers, Best Buy, and Circuit City.