StarBand Communications Inc. has announced its new 484 Small Office service. The satellite-based broadband Internet access service offers 256Kbps upload speeds and download speeds up to 1Mbps — the service is an alternative for users looking for broadband access who are unable or unwilling to have a cable or DSL line installed. Starband’s 484 modem is compatible with Mac, Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems, and comes with 15 free e-mail accounts with a total of 1.9GB of total free storage, 200MB free basic Web hosting space and one free static IP address. The system also includes a four-port Ethernet router, and costs from US$139.99 to $159.99 per month based on term commitment. An additional cost for the dish and associated hardware is incurred — the cost ranges from $699.99 to $999.99 depending on contract duration. More details are available from the Web site.