PowerNET Upgrades Internet Speeds

Bar graph showing different PowerNet Internet Package Speeds

Benton REA is excited to announce that its PowerNET internet customers are currently receiving a faster connection at no additional cost!

PowerNET customers may have noticed the increased speeds in mid-March. Technicians replaced 15 access points and 450 subscriber antennas between October 2017 and January 2018 to make the upgrade possible for all PowerNET internet subscribers.

“In addition to improving the speed, these upgrades will also improve reliability,” said Jeff Bastow, manager of PowerNET and IT at Benton REA.

Although the new equipment necessary for the upgrades incurred a cost to PowerNET, subscribers’ monthly rates did not increase. The upgrade was designed to reduce maintenance costs, therefore a price increase was not necessary.

“We will continue to experiment with faster speeds using existing equipment as well as look into new technologies,” stated Bastow.

PowerNET’s wireless internet packages start at 2 Mbps  download and 512 kbps upload speed for $49.95 per month. There are no hidden additional fees with PowerNET’s packages nor installation fee. See the chart on this page for packages and speeds.

Those interested in further upgrading their internet package, or anyone wanting to connect for the first time with PowerNET, can speak to a wireless representative by calling 800-398-1232 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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