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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, 12:49 P.M.

Ptera Wireless adding service to North Idaho broadband customers

Liberty Lake-based Ptera Wireless is expanding its wireless broadband service to Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum and Post Falls.  Ptera also announced it's boosted speeds on all packages without increasing the cost of service.

It will now offer 4 megabits per second for $49.95 per month.

The company already provided service across most of Spokane County.

Company president Jim Wilson said Ptera has been growing by 30 percent per year. Its ability to reach more customers comes from having installed more than 150 transmitters around Spokane and North Idaho.

In a release, Wilson said: “In the past, our typical customer was the rural family without access to DSL or Cable Internet.  This is no longer the case, as most of our growth is in residential and business areas where we go head to head with both carrier types and still win the business.”

In addition to broadband Internet, Ptera offers Voice Over Internet telephone service, business connectivity and networking services.

To accommodate this growth, Ptera recently leased 3,000 square feet at the Meadowwood Technology Campus in Liberty Lake.

Monthly costs start at $24.95 for residential customers, and $59.95 for business customers for wireless Internet. 

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Tom Sowa
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