Bend Broadband Offers Fixed LTE in Oregon
Speeds up to 12 Mbps, Caps up to 50 GB
Bend, Oregon based BendBroadband
isn't particularly well known, with just three reviews
in our database. But the carrier got a big spurt of attention several years ago when they decided to be one of the first US ISPs to implement monthly caps
between 10-50GB, and charge $1.50 per additional gigabyte consumed. Bend's now getting some attention for a move that's a little less controversial: they've begun to offer users in Oregon fixed LTE service. According to the company's press release
, the service is replacing the company's existing HSPA+ offerings, and will now offer subscribers downstream speeds up to 12 Mbps.
In 2008, Bend paid $6.745 million for the 700MHz "B Block" spectrum they'll be using for the LTE network.
The company's website
shows that pricing for the service varies greatly depending on whether you bundle fixed-line residential service. Standalone wireless data service costs $35 for 2GB of usage, $45 for 25GB of usage, and $55 for 50GB of usage. Overages are $1.50 per each additional gigabyte. Users save between $10 and $20 if they bundle traditional fixed-line cable broadband service.
"The performance of our 4G LTE network has consistently exceeded our expectations for both speeds and capacity," commented Eric Anderson, BendBroadband’s director of wireless engineering. “With the push – both internationally and locally -- to further develop wireless network features and performance, we’re confident that our new 4G LTE network will allow us to provide superior wireless products for many years to come."
According to Ben, they'll be shutting down their HSPA+ network by the end of June and only offering LTE service. The company also notes they're giving users who sign a one-year contract a free 4G LTE router if they sign up before the end of May.