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    Casey's Reaches Deal with Hughes

    Five-year contract includes broadband connectivity at 1,100 convenience stores.

    ANKENY, Iowa -- Casey's General Stores Inc., an Iowa-based convenience store chain, yesterday reached a five-year deal with Germantown, Md.-based Hughes Network Systems Inc., to provide a comprehensive satellite network solution to 1,100 Casey's sites across the Midwest.

    As a high-performance very small aperture terminal (VSAT) technology that supports two-way broadband data, multimedia and video communications, the HNS satellite network solution offers a diverse range of applications including multimedia delivery, point-of-sales transactions, inventory control and Internet/intranet access. Casey's will use the network to improve the speed of credit card transactions and back-office polling.

    "We wanted to deploy a wide-area network to seamlessly connect all of our stores and to enable applications that improve customer service and communications, cut costs and streamline operations," said Brad Heyer, vice president of information systems for Casey's. "We evaluated all other broadband providers, but Hughes Network Systems provided us with the most cost-effective and easy-to-implement solution, including a common platform and a fixed cost regardless of store location or traffic load."

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