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Yet another ISP is to offer broadband via a one-way satellite service bringing high-speed Net access to people all over the country.

Silvermead's service is due to go live next month and can work using an existing Sky TV satellite dish. The monthly fee for the service - which also includes an unmetered dial-up service to upload data - costs £34.99 a month.

Start-up costs start from £150 which includes the cost of a mini-dish (if needed), satellite modem, software and installation. Punters who don't want to retain their own dial-up ISP can do so, but the download element will still set them back £29.99 a month.

The satellite service is being run in association with Cyprus-based PlanetSky.

The great selling point for all the satellite-based broadband services is its widespread availability - especially in areas not served by cable or DSL services.

In the last couple of weeks a handful of ISPs have come forward plugging their one-way satellite broadband services.

Hampshire-based SatDrive is offering its service for £14.99 a month. Elsewhere, independent satellite broadband provider Isonetric Broadband, is offering its 1Mbps service for £30 a-month. And Everywhere! Broadband's service starts at £19.95 a month with installation costs from £99. ®

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