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SureWest hits gas with 'Ultimate' tier

Fri, 12/15/2006 - 6:40am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

SureWest Communications has introduced a new fiber-fed Internet tier that offers symmetrical speeds up to 50 Mbps.

Other tiers in the company's new "Ultimate Package" include 20/20 Mbps and 10/10 Mbps.

SureWest employs an active Ethernet Fiber to The Premises (FTTP) network that serves about 20,000 customers and passes nearly 100,000 homes in the Sacramento/Roseville, Calif., corridor. Its telephony division operates copper lines and more traditional DSL services.

SureWest competes in the market with cable incumbent Comcast Cable.

"Because our fiber delivers 100 Mbps of synchronous bandwidth directly to a customer's home, we are able to offer products like this, which differentiate us from our competitors," said SureWest President & CEO Steve Oldham, in a statement.

The 50-meg service runs $259.95 per month.

SureWest's "quadruple play" Ultimate package, which includes the 50-meg Internet tier, digital television, and wireless and wireline phone services, runs $415.18 per month.

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