The cost of linking up to a satellite broadband service has crashed to earth as another internet service provider (ISP) cuts charges for consumers.
Satellite services are aimed at computer users who are unable to get ADSL and cable connections.
But sky-high prices have put the technology out of the reach of the majority of consumers, with monthly charges of up to £200.
ISP Isonetric is launching a service for the consumer market comparable in price to ADSL and cable broadband services.
Its one-way satellite broadband connection gives a downlink of up to 1Mbps for £30 per month. But users have to use their existing connection, such as dial-up or ISDN, to send data back.
One drawback is the hardware cost. The 60cm satellite dish is a whopping £249, and the company charges a £45 installation fee.
In common with most terrestrial ISPs, users must sign up for a 12-month contract, but this does allow users to spread the costs of the hardware and installation fees if desired.
Isonetric has warned that it will limit the bandwidth for people who abuse the service.
"We have monitoring software that will let us know how much people are downloading," said Paul Robbins, marketing director at Isonetric.
"We will throttle bandwidth if someone thinks they can stream videos all day. The download speed will drop from the 400Kbps average speed."
The cut off point would be customers regularly using around 700Mbps per day, according to Robbins.
He added that the company would be monitoring how the service is used over the next few months to see what additional services it could offer.
"It is possible that we will offer alternative services and people can pay more if they want extra bandwidth," he explained.
The service will go live on 1 November and users can sign up through the company's website at www.isonetric.net.
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