Aug. 8, 2001
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AVAILABLE IN BENNETT, CALAMUS, LOWDEN, DELMAR
F&B Communications began offering high-speed Internet connections
Aug. 1 to customers in Bennett, Calamus, Lowden, Delmar and Wheatland.
The new service is called iNetplus.
iNetplus utilizes Copper Mountain DSL (digital subscriber line)
technology to offer residential and business customers a high-speed
connection for browsing the Internet and transferring large data
files. iNetplus connections use standard twisted-pair copper telephone
wires already running to a customer's home or business to provide
an "always-on" connection. Transfer speeds are available
up to 25 times faster than a standard 56K dial-up Internet connection.
"Internet habits are changing and people want to get the full
Internet experience without having to wait," said Ken Laursen,
General Manager of F&B Communications. "The Internet is
growing at a rapid rate; iNetplus helps our customers stay connected
to the world through cutting-edge technology."
F&B is offering two levels of iNetplus service at various speeds.
Gold ADSL (asymmetric DSL) service is available in download speeds
ranging from 384Kbps to 768Kbps. Upload transfers operate at one-half
the connection speed.
ADSL technology allows the user to be online and talk on the phone
at the same time. This eliminates the need for a second telephone
line to connect to the Internet, therefore
saving customers money. Gold service is targeted to the home or
small business user.
Platinum SDSL (synchronous DSL) service is available in speeds starting
at 384Kbps, all the way up to 1.5Mbps. SDSL service requires a dedicated
line and offers equal download and upload rates. Platinum iNetplus
is for business or serious home users wanting the fastest connections
"Employees who have access to iNetplus can be more productive
when exchanging e-mail or doing Web-based research," Laursen
said. "This service gives businesses an alternative to other
expensive high-speed connection methods and helps the small, local
business compete on a global scale."
Both levels of service offer multi-user support. Several computers
can utilize a single connection to access the Internet through a
local area network.
Gold rates begin at $49.95 a month, and $69.95 a month for Platinum
service. Users will need to install a DSL modem and software on
their PC to receive iNetplus. For a limited time, modem costs are
waived for new subscribers who sign an agreement.
Most F&B Communications' customers will be able to take advantage
of iNetplus. Technicians will test the line condition of customers
interested to verify that their line is capable of carrying a quality
"We're pleased to bring our local communities a new high-end
technology formerly only available to people living in large metropolitan
areas," Laursen said.
is the local telecommunications provider offering telephone, cable
television, digital broadcast satellite, Internet and wireless PCS
services to customers in the Bennett, Calamus, Delmar, Lowden and
Individuals or businesses interested in iNetplus can call F&B
Communications at 563-374-1236 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to
To learn more about F&B Communications, visit the company website
For more information,
Aaron Horman, Marketing