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Broadband Briefs for 12/18/08

Thu, 12/18/2008 - 7:00am

AT&T U-verse adds 18 Mbps business tier 
By Brian Santo

AT&T has crafted an 18 Mbps tier for small businesses on it U-verse network. The service, called High-Speed Internet Max 18 service, is available in more than 70 U.S. markets.

AT&T said it can serve up to 50 Internet user connections, depending on the applications needed. Static IP addresses are an option. The small business service comes with some of the same perks associated with other AT&T services, including free unlimited access to the company’s nationwide Wi-Fi network and free wireless office networking. 

Business U-verse tiers range from as little as $40 per month up to $85 per month when bundled with wired or wireless voice services. Static IP address packages range from $15 to $40 per month.

Joost kills P2P application 
By Mike Robuck

Joost said yesterday that it has decided to stop supporting the software that was used for its online peer-to-peer (P2P) video distribution.

The cutoff for the software support is tomorrow, which means Joost users will move to a Web-based model that is similar to one used by rivals such as Hulu and YouTube.

Videos that were previously available through Joost’s original software application will now be hosted on the company’s Web site.

SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry phones going beta Dec. 30
By Traci Patterson

Sling Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., announced that SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones will be available for download, free of charge, as part of a public beta beginning Dec. 30.

SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry phones will be available to Slingbox customers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. at launch.

For more information, including device support, operator support and system requirements, click here.

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