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First, Hughes invented satellite Internet. Now, with its HughesNet® Gen4 service in North America, the company has gone on to become the first satellite Internet service to exceed one million active users, including Hughes retail and wholesale subscribers and those receiving services through third-party operators.
Each month, as more people realize they don’t have to choose between living where they want and staying connected with high-speed Internet access, Hughes and its partners are attracting thousands of new subscribers. Today, just about anyone in North America can enjoy the many entertainment, business, and educational benefits that come with high- quality broadband connectivity.
Through letters, phone calls, and emails, more and more HughesNet customers are sharing how they use satellite Internet to enhance their lives and connect with their communities.
Dan F. lives in a passive solar house that he designed and built near the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. He moved to Buckhorn Canyon in 1991 for the solitude, the natural beauty, and to be near the fishing, hiking, backpacking, and camping just outside his door.
Dan installs wind and solar energy systems, teaches classes on renewable energy, runs two renewable energy businesses, writes for renewable energy magazines, and advises people on off-grid living. He uses HughesNet Gen4 for voice service, to maintain his Web sites, and to communicate with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors.
“It’s been a game changer. I can do everything I need to from here,” Dan said. “Without the Gen4 service, I’d have to spend three hours every day driving back and forth to the nearest town to run my business.”
Deb F. lives in the agricultural plains of the Midwest, where she scouts for parcels of unused farmland for the “farm to table” movement. HughesNet Gen4 high-speed Internet service is one of Deb’s most important tools for finding land and convincing owners to loan it to groups to grow food for local consumption. She uses HughesNet Gen4 for researching parcels and owners, emailing, and other pursuits such as writing screenplays.
A Purdue University graduate, Deb looks for idle plots of land as small as three to five acres, which are ideal for growing crops like turnips, rutabagas, and beets that can go directly to the table. “I was already on HughesNet when I heard about Gen4, and as soon as it was available, I called and said ‘get me upgraded.’ I’m always going to push for the most performance I can get.”
Carla M. and her husband have been residents of the Albemarle Sound region of North Carolina for 20 years. They enjoy the laid-back pace of life, and their property offers them the space they need for gardening and to care for their dog and five farm cats. HughesNet Gen4 helps them avoid one of the few downsides to living in the region—spotty Internet service.
“I love HughesNet. The customer service is always excellent. We seldom lose a signal due to a storm, and if we do, it’s only for a couple of minutes.” Carla said.
When Carla had a graphic design business, she used HughesNet Internet access for Web design and to Skype with overseas clients. Animal care is Carla’s passion, and her HughesNet service enables her to take online veterinary assistant courses. “Without HughesNet I wouldn’t be able to do any online training.”
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