SpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet Gets Tested

Now you can have internet ANYWHERE in the US (at present) … even in the most remote of places. This gets me thinking … imagine the ‘LIVE’ streams you’ll be able to broadcast 😀

Taken from CNet … Back in October, SpaceX announced it would be recruiting beta testers for its satellite broadband offshoot Starlink’s “Better Than Nothing” service. As soon as the announcement was made, I signed up to be notified when a spot opened up in my area — Walnut Creek, about 30 minutes east of San Francisco. Fast-forward to February and I forked over $594.30 (tax, shipping and one month of service included) to see what it’s like using Starlink

The beta starter kit that arrived in a 30-pound box at my door included the Starlink antenna dish, a Wi-Fi router, a power adapter, cables and a mounting tripod. For $99 a month, you can expect to see data speeds anywhere between 50 to 150 megabits per second, at a latency (the time it takes to get a response to information sent) of around 20-40 milliseconds. The real kicker is there are no data caps. 

Triple-digit download speeds and latency less than 40ms are both basically unheard of in the satellite internet industry. But note that Starlink is catered toward those who live in remote or rural communities that have limited access to internet service providers. Those who live in more urban areas, like me, tend to have more ISP choices, so Starlink would likely not be the first that comes to mind.

Source: CNet


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