Musk offering satellite internet service to rural areas

 Washington Examiner:

Elon Musk is offering high-speed internet to areas of the United States that have traditionally had trouble accessing fast speeds while browsing.

People who signed up for information on Musk's Starlink service in June received an email Tuesday advertising the “Better Than Nothing Beta” test, a rollout of the satellite internet service that will be priced at $99 per month, according to screenshots of the emails reported on Tuesday by CNBC.

"Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable," Starlink's website reads.

A one-time upfront fee of $499 will be required for people who wish to try the beta test of the service, which has advertised itself as producing speed of 50 megabits per second to 150 Mb/s and latency from 20 milliseconds to 40 ms. The email also warned that "there will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all."


This could be an interesting deal if it works.  I currently have to pay around $150 a month for mediocre DSL from the phone company.  I think Musk's product will have competition from 5G service as it becomes more available.


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