Elon Musk’s Starlink offers internet anywhere worldwide
Elon Musk’s project Starlink has the potential to change the internet world. Can you imagine having access to the internet from any place in the world with only one requirement – an open sky overhead? Well, that’s already possible. Luke McOmie, cybersecurity specialist, lives in Colorado, on the side of a mountain with no landline broadband internet or even cell service. However, he goes along fabulously thanks to his personal satellite internet connection.
McOmie recently gave a speech from his home on the lethality of drones at a convention hosted in Japan. He managed that astonishing feat by using Starlink.
Thanks to a constellation of hundreds of satellites, Starlink can provide internet anywhere around the globe, and its speed compares to U.S. broadband’s. As a result, Mr. McOmie does his job using satellite service even though he is essentially in the middle of nowhere.
Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX began working on this new kind of internet service awhile ago. Mr. and Mrs. McOmies are part of a beta testing program. According to them, the experience has been phenomenal thus far. They get download speeds of 120 megabits per second regularly. Besides, the antenna gives off a considerable amount of heat. So, they’ve been able to stay connected even during most of the winter weather.
Will Starlink become more common in the future?
There’s a big chance that we will all use Starlink’s satellite internet in the future. Still, it’s impossible to say definitely what kind of speeds Starlink will offer to millions of people. Currently, more than 10,000 people are testing it in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. But with more people testing the project, future users may have internet speeds that are much slower than what’s available during this demo period.
Furthermore, Starlink may work as advertised, along with its soon-to-deploy competitors, but there are other issues to consider. The project faces many serious challenges about its viability and profitability. For instance, people sometimes suffer headaches due to shared wireless spectrum, and there is also a threat of space debris.
Despite these questions and dangers, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already had three major competitors in the internet-from-space race. Amazon, longtime operator Telesat and OneWeb are also working to offer their consumers reliable internet service from any place on earth.
Soon, having an internet connection with only a clear view of the sky may seem no more miraculous than a cell signal. Besides, it may not cost much more than the current alternative. Pricing for Starlink is $99 a month and $499 upfront for service presently.
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