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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 11, 2004


F&B COMMUNICATIONS TO OFFER SATELLITE BROADBAND

WHEATLAND (IOWA) The successful launch of the WildBlue Anik F2 satellite on July 17, 2004, moves F&B Communications one step closer to offering affordable, high-speed Internet in portions of Cedar, Clinton and Scott counties.

WildBlue satellite-delivered Internet will be available virtually everywhere in the contiguous United States, and can be used even where cable modem and digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access is not available. The service is expected to be available in early 2005, once the satellite completes a standard testing phase. F&B Communications, your local provider in Clinton, Davenport, DeWitt, Tipton and surrounding communities, will provide local installation, service and support for this upcoming broadband offering.

With service that is up to 30 times faster than standard 56K dial-up connections, WildBlue will allow users to retrieve information and access rich content that is not available through dial-up modems. It will provide a continuous online connection, so subscribers don’t tie up phone lines, and the faster speeds will save users time and businesses money. Additionally, DIRECTV and DISH subscribers will be able to use one dish for both satellite TV and two-way Internet access.

“F&B Communications is excited about the successful satellite launch because it brings us closer to providing broadband Internet access to urban and rural residents regardless of where they live,” said Ken Laursen, general manager.

“We are pleased to bring affordable, two-way high-speed Internet access that is always on and available anywhere our community members work or live.”

WildBlue is finalizing its specific product offerings, and are considering several packages to accommodate various user needs, including a residential service that is
expected to have a retail price of $49.95 per month and a small office/home office package that is expected to have a retail price of $79.95.

“We will be sharing more information with the community as details are finalized. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more to contact F&B Communications,” said Aaron Horman, marketing manager.

WildBlue is a new satellite Internet technology that offers users improved connection speeds and system reliability over current satellite broadband options.

The satellite was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana into the 111.1 degree West longitudinal orbit. The Anik F2 satellite, manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems and owned and operated by Telesat Canada (Telesat), weighs in at 12,000 pounds and is the largest commercial satellite ever launched.

F&B Communications is the local telecommunications provider offering telephone, cable television, digital broadcast satellite, dial-up Internet, high-speed DSL Internet and wireless PCS services to customers in the Bennett, Calamus, Delmar, Lowden and Wheatland exchanges and surrounding areas. To learn more about F&B Communications, visit the company website at http://www.fbc-tele.com.

Denver-based WildBlue Communications, Inc. was established to accelerate consumer broadband access to the Internet in smaller cities and throughout rural America. WildBlue's services are designed to deliver on consumer desires for a fast, affordable, always-on two-way technology for wireless Internet access. Service is slated to begin in early 2005. More information on the company is available at http://www.wildblue.com.



For more information, contact:
Aaron Horman, Marketing Manager, 563-374-1236

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