BellSouth’s wireless broadband offering is now available in Athens, GA.

The regional Bell operating company said Thursday that the FastAccess Internet Service has been available for users for more than a week.

BellSouth transmits its network signal from local radio towers. Users have desktop modems, which BellSouth provides, that do not require line-of-sight access to the towers.

In its promotional material, BellSouth promises download speeds up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds up to 384 Kbps.

Accounts also include five email addresses and 10 megabytes of storage space. Users also receive a remote access dialup account.

Optional gear includes network connectors that use existing electrical wiring.

“With the University of Georgia here, Athens was a logical place for us to first offer this exciting new technology,” said George Hill, vice president of
product marketing for BellSouth. “Students demand even greater flexibility and affordability from their communications provider, and with this, we will be able to offer students and residents another high-speed Internet solution that fits their needs.”

Prices for the service are from $24.95 to $39.95 depending on the speed of access.

BellSouth has plans to launch the service in several Florida cities later this year. it has already conducted trials in Dayton and Palatka FL.

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