WildBlue to Beam into NRTC Providers


With its launch still months away, two-way broadband satellite provider
WildBlue Communications, Inc. nevertheless has inked a deal with the National
Rural Telecommunications Cooperative to offer its service to customers in
smaller telco territories.

Denver-based WildBlue, which plans to offer two-way, satellite-delivered
broadband Internet access to homes and small offices, has received financial
backing from NRTC and Liberty Satellite and Technology, Inc. among others.

The startup is set to launch its first geosyncronous, Ka-band bird some time
in 2004, with service rollout to follow.

The NRTC deal would allow some 1,100 smaller telcos and electric companies to
market the WildBlue service.

NRTC members would be responsible for sales, installation and customer care,
while WildBlue will handle the technical delivery end.

'We are confident that WildBlue is the best solution to deliver affordable
high-speed satellite Internet access to rural America,' said Bob Phillips, NRTC
president and CEO.

'Our members will be the first to deliver affordable two-way broadband
services to rural Americans lacking access to DSL or cable modem