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IBM is adding satellite connectivity from Hughes Network Systems (HNS) to its "Totally Web Government" program, which is designed to help rural and sparsely funded communities to build and maintain municipal Web sites.

Through IBM's "Totally Web Government" program, targeted for communities of less than 50,000, municipalities can use a "template" to build a low-cost Web site that enables citizens to go online to find out about community events, to pay a utility bill or to send an e-mail to a municipal official.

IBM chose HNS to provide its DirecWAY broadband satellite connectivity, which is key to rural and remote areas of the country without DSL or cable modem Internet connections.

To date, 65 municipalities in nine states have signed-up for the program, which is affiliated with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). According to NLC and NACo, there are more than 3,000 local governments in the United States. NACo will demonstrate the new broadband satellite services at its Western Interstate Regional Conference from May 22-25 in Billings, Mont.

Pricing and availability Under IBM's "Totally Web Government" program, the new broadband satellite services from HNS are available at a one-time subscription cost of $1,240 for DirecWAY Business Edition used by most municipalities and a monthly service fee of $99.

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