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DirecTV announces 10 Mbps satellite broadband bundles for rural areas

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DirecTV has announced it is partner with two satellite internet providers to offer a 10 MBps internet connection to customers in rural areas.

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Satellite television provider DirecTV has announced two new partnerships that will allow it to provide high-speed internet bundles across its entire US customer base — even to those in rural areas. The company will be offering ViaSat's Exede service along with HughesNet Gen 4 from Hughes, with promised speeds of over 10 Mbps. Like most satellite and cable providers, DirecTV puts an emphasis on bundled pricing, but given the satellite-based nature of its own service it has to partner with third parties to provide internet access. Partners vary by location — Verizon and AT&T are two of the ISPs it currently works with — but the lack of infrastructure has left some rural customers without a bundled option to choose from.

ViaSat announced the Exede service back at CES, boasting speeds of 12 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. On its own, Exede comes in three data-capped tiers of 7.5GB, 15GB, and 25GB, priced at $49.99, $79.99, and $129.99, respectively. While DirecTV hasn't announced pricing as of yet — nor whether the data caps will apply — we expect to see those costs drop when ordered straight from DirecTV itself. No hard availability date has been announced, but the company will be offering multiple promotions in connection with the bundles when they launch "later this year."