Denver -- AT&T Broadband & Internet Services rolled
out its high-speed TCI@Home cable-modem service at a seventh Colorado location last week.
Officials for AT&T Broadband's TCI of Colorado --
which operates a 25,000-subscriber system in Greeley, a rural community north of Denver --
said 30 area residents had signed up for the service in the two weeks prior to its
Scott Sobel, regional director with TCI-Central Division,
said the company expected to find a receptive audience in Greeley, which is home to the
University of Northern Colorado.
"They've been clamoring for it, and we intend to
provide it," Sobel said.
The service was unveiled with a "modem race"
staged at the Greeley system, where @Home was pitted against a traditional modem to
compare the time needed to download the new Star Wars homepage. The results: 56
minutes for the modem, compared with 20 seconds for @Home. @Home service will be offered
to TCI subscribers and nonsubscribers for $39.95 per month, plus a one-time installation
fee of $150. It will come with a customized TCI@Home Web browser, unlimited use, e-mail,
chat rooms, news groups, local content and customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a
Sobel said TCI plans a full marketing campaign in Greeley,
a community of some 32,000 households, before rolling out the service in nearby Windsor in
about two weeks.
Greeley is the seventh venue in Colorado where TCI has
introduced @Home. The service is already being marketed to 160,000 households in the metro
Denver communities of Lakewood, Golden, Aurora, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and the redeveloped
Lowry Air Force Base.