Chelsea Football Club is kicking off a branded broadband service, following similar moves by Manchester United.
Chelsea Broadband costs £28.99 a month for a 2Mb connection with unlimited monthly downloads. Users will also receive a free 12-month subscription to Chelsea TV Online, and the first 1,000 subscribers will get free video highlights from Sky Sports.
"The attraction of Chelsea Broadband is that it allows our fans to have a richer sporting experience, and lets them forge an even closer connection with the club by providing them with their own club email," said Chris Tate, managing director of Chelsea Digital Media. "All this is particularly valuable when many of our supporters cannot make it to the ground."
Viatel, which hosts the services for Chelsea and Manchester United, is keen to get other football clubs signed up for similar branded services. If 1,000 supporters from a team sign a petition, Viatel will contact the nominated team with an offer. More details are available on the Viatel Fastfooty.com website here.
Lucy Woods, chief executive at Viatel, said: "With Chelsea FC and Manchester United we hope to extend their broadband services in the future, and offer users new features such as video on demand and internet telephony."
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