Many smaller businesses are snapping up broadband connections, however, there are many more businesses who do not yet have broadband.
According to the “Broadband Access Survey,” conducted by Survey.com and commissioned by Hughes Network Systems (HNS), a survey of 250 small businesses found that of those who do not use broadband, about two in five (43%) say that it is not available to them.
While dial-up is pretty much available to all, to get DSL you have to have be a certain distance from the phone company’s central office.
“A common misperception among small business owners is that there are only two ways to get a broadband connection, cable or DSL,” said Mike Cook, senior vice president of HNS. “The reality is that just about every small business in the continental US can get a broadband connection using satellite.
The survey results also show that those on dial-up are clearly missing out on the tangible benefits of having a broadband connection.
Over two-thirds of the American small businesses surveyed using a broadband connection say that the most important factor in its use is that it either saves them time or helps them better service their customers. Over a third of those respondents (39%) said that the most important benefit about a broadband connection is that it helps them respond rapidly to online customer inquiries. More than a quarter (28%) said that the most important benefit is enabling them to surf the Web at high speeds.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HNS) is the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers, with more than 800,000 systems ordered or shipped to customers in 85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services and IP-based networks, which it markets globally under the DIRECWAY(R) brand. DIRECWAY terminals are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by the TIA, ETSI, and ITU standards organizations.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, HNS maintains sales and support offices worldwide. SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SKYT) and The DIRECTV Group, Inc. (NYSE:DTV) each own 50% of HNS. SkyTerra is its managing member. For additional information, please visit http://www.hns.com.
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