Are you in the middle of nowhere? Or at least so far out of the city that you can’t get 100 Mbit access to the Internet? Perhaps there’s availability, but the pricing is just not great. SpaceX has started their public beta of Starlink. It’s satellite internet service, with current pricing of $500 up front, and $100 a month for 150 Mbit. They admit it’s not perfect, and are setting low expectations by calling it “Better Than Nothing”, but the early look is quite impressive.

Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mbps to 150Mbps and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.

As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations, and improve our networking software, data speed, latency, and uptime will improve dramatically. For latency, we expect to achieve 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021.

The Starlink phased-array user terminal, which is more advanced than what’s in fighter jets, plus mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router, costs $499 and the monthly subscription costs $99.

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