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Can We Get Global Broadband From Low-Earth Orbit Satellites?

“The internet is unavailable to and/or unaffordable by about 50% of the world population,” writes Larry Press (formerly of IBM), who’s now an information systems professor at California State University.

But he’s also long-time Slashdot reader lpress, and reports on new efforts to bring cheap high-speed internet to the entire world.SpaceX, Boeing, OneWeb, Telesat, and Leosat are investing in very large projects to deliver global, high-speed Internet service[2] [using low-earth orbit satellites].

This could be a significant option for developing nations, rural areas of developed nations, long-haul links, Internet of things, and more by the mid-2020s.
Parts of Alaska could see internet-via-satellite as soon as 2020, according to Larry’s article, which adds that the technology could even be used to bring high-speed internet access to ships at sea.
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References

  1. ^ lpress (science.slashdot.org)
  2. ^ investing in very large projects to deliver global, high-speed Internet service (cis471.blogspot.com)

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