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Cabler embraces remote access service

Mon, 10/28/2002 - 7:00pm
Susan Rush

Following in the footsteps of its competitors, Cablevision Systems Corp. is unleashing a remote access service that will enable its cable modem customers to stay connected via dial-up anywhere in the United States.

Cablevision has introduced Optimum Traveler to enable its Optimum Online high-speed Internet subscribers to have access to the Internet and e-mail via a dial-up connection when they are on the road.

For $9.95, subscribers will receive 600 minutes of local dial-up access — if local access in unavailable, 100 minutes of toll free access will be substituted. Minutes are good for six months within the year purchased, according to Cablevision.

Remote access is become somewhat of a trend in the broadband sector. AT&T Broadband, RCN Corp. and Earthlink, for example, have rolled out a dial-up remote access service as a companion to their high-speed Internet access services.

AT&T Broadband cable modem subscribers pay a one-time registration fee of $10 for two hours of dial-up access each month. Additional time is available for a fee. RCN subscribers, on the other hand, pay an additional $9.95 a month for a remote access service.

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