Gateway allies with Comcast to offer broadband access

Gateway and Comcast Cable Communications are teaming up to bring high-speed Internet access to customers in 20 US markets, Gateway announced Wednesday.

The companies have partnered to offer the Gateway/Comcast @Home service, a cable modem package including installation, equipment and support, Gateway said in a statement. Customers can go to a Gateway Country store to preview broadband access, check availability for their home and either register for service with a new Gateway system or upgrade their current system, Gateway said. The plan includes unlimited use for a flat monthly fee, seven e-mail accounts and 10M-bytes of personal Web space.

In January, Gateway announced a similar plan with AT&T Broadband in Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Users who buy a new Gateway PC or Gateway Music Ware bundle can now get a free cable modem, free installation and the first two months of Comcast @Home Internet access for US$9.95 per month, Gateway said. Users upgrading a current PC to Comcast @Home service can buy a cable modem for $149 and also receive free installation and the first two months of service for $9.95 per month.

Following the promotional period, all offerings are $39.95 per month for unlimited access, Gateway said.

Fifty Gateway stores in 16 states will be offering the service, Gateway said. More information about the offer, including which stores offer the service, can be found at

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