Broadband Comes to Texas: Through Wal-Mart, Hughes Brings High-Speed Internet to Rural Communities


Local Wal-Mart to Carry HughesNet Broadband Services

GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 10 / / - Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) today announced that consumers in 50 Texas cities will be able to purchase HughesNet(R), the leading satellite broadband Internet access service at their local Wal-Mart store. Wal-Mart is selling HughesNet in Texas as part of its agreement to sell the service in 2,800 stores across the continental U.S., including locations throughout most of rural America where terrestrial broadband services, such as cable and DSL, are often not available.

"In Texas, cable and DSL isn't available to every household," said Mike Cook, senior vice president, North America Division, Hughes. "But broadband is no longer a luxury or an urban service. People everywhere rely on it for communication, work, and entertainment. We're thrilled to be working with Wal-Mart to help make broadband a reality for the millions of Americans who have been left behind by the local phone and cable companies."

Without satellite broadband, millions of people outside the reach of cable and DSL are left with dial-up and its slow speeds. With HughesNet, consumers in Texas only need a view of the southern sky to have access to high-speed Internet.

Wal-Mart will be offering HughesNet service plans with download speeds of up to 1.5Mbps and pricing starting as low as $59.99. Customers can find HughesNet services available for purchase in the Wal-Mart Connect Center in the Electronics department. Wal-Mart customers can take home the HughesNet literature and contact the Wal-Mart Call Center to be connected with a Hughes installation specialist.

Every Wal-Mart customer who purchases the HughesNet service will receive an "ExpressPay" card for $100.00 to buy anything at Wal-Mart from groceries, toys, or automotive services, at the customer's discretion.

With more than 350,000 subscribers, the HughesNet service is the leading, two-way broadband satellite Internet service in the United States. For more information about HughesNet services, please visit www.hughesnet.com or call 1-866-667-5537.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.2 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Its broadband satellite products 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, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:HUGH). For additional information, please visit www.hughes.com.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

Source: Hughes Network Systems, LLC

CONTACT: Judy Blake of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, +1-301-601-7330, jblake@hns.com

Web site: www.hughes.com/

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