Space's Starlink satellite Internet challenged by rural ISPs

Hanno Labuschagne

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Space's Starlink satellite Internet challenged by rural ISPs

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission faces pressure from rural internet service providers to deny a planned $886 million subsidy to Elon Musk’s SpaceX for beaming broadband to underserved areas from outer space.

Even before winning a competition for the funds, SpaceX had set up its service and begun launching satellites.

More than 1,000 of the Starlink craft are now aloft, providing service to test subscribers. The company says its system “is uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality broadband service to the hardest-to-reach rural Americans.”

[Bloomberg]
 

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I feel for businesses when new tech takes over, like Uber did to Taxis, and Starlink is doing to ISPs.

But we also can't expect to live in a world with no progress, otherwise we'd have no ovens and be cooking outside so as not to impact the wood supply industry, or never have the automobile but use horses so we don't impact the blacksmith industry.

The fact is progress, while helping mankind, is always going to unfortunately leave some victims in its path.
 

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I feel for businesses when new tech takes over, like Uber did to Taxis, and Starlink is doing to ISPs.

But we also can't expect to live in a world with no progress, otherwise we'd have no ovens and be cooking outside so as not to impact the wood supply industry, or never have the automobile but use horses so we don't impact the blacksmith industry.

The fact is progress, while helping mankind, is always going to unfortunately leave some victims in its path.
The problem is that Starlink can't compete with other ISPs. It was always going to be directed towards rural areas so it was going to be a take it leave it from the start rather than the best option.
 

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Sit on a pineapple ISP's. I have a good few mates in the US and the UK who live in rural areas and who suffer terrible connectivity. The ISP's gouged these peeps for years and now that Starlink is starting to make a bit of an impact, these ISP's are finally pushing to get funding for their promised broadband projects (years in the making, btw) and crying like little school kids. Bastards.
 
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