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Old August 12th, 2019, 06:34 PM #11
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Musk’s project is wildly different from the Hughes legacy system. Thousands of satellites very close instead of a small number of geosynchronous ones very far away. Far better coverage, WAY less lag, and much, much cheaper per end user for actually usable amounts of monthly bandwidth. Whole different animal.
This assumes enrolling a large enough number of users to make the investment cost per user something less than the National Debt. He's probably counting on signing up a large portion of the entire world as subscribers. Even people in places with no electricity.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 06:49 AM #12
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It seems to me in places where it is so hilly it would be almost impossible to put cable in and wireless covering is the only way to go. I read somewhere that wva is using cell towers for their wireless coverage but that can have its own problems as well. http://www.broadbandblue.com/rural-w.../West_Virginia
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Old August 13th, 2019, 09:11 AM #13
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My SIL lives on the eastern side of the mountain backing the Appalachian Trail. No cellphone service. She has to use Comcast internet and has a landline phone. It’s there, just have to use what you have.
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Is 10-20Mbps DSL available? It’s decent when you have no better alternative. Good enough for streaming (Hulu, Netflix, etc).
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as the crow flys I'm about 35 miles from DC. You got it, have to use a hot spot for the internet.

For the folks that live in rural Charles county you will be glad to know that they are doing ANOTHER study on high speed internet access for us folks. As many studies as they have done they could have run cable to every house and saved money.
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as the crow flys I'm about 35 miles from DC. You got it, have to use a hot spot for the internet.

For the folks that live in rural Charles county you will be glad to know that they are doing ANOTHER study on high speed internet access for us folks. As many studies as they have done they could have run cable to every house and saved money.

Too bad they can’t do the same one they did in Baltimore and DC where people complained that their children couldn’t do their “homework” because either WiFi wasn’t available in their homes or apartments of it was too expensive. Suddenly WiFi relays were spouting up everyware. Because “it’s for the children”. Hell, I think I still have an AOL dialup cd somewhere in my house.
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as the crow flys I'm about 35 miles from DC. You got it, have to use a hot spot for the internet.

For the folks that live in rural Charles county you will be glad to know that they are doing ANOTHER study on high speed internet access for us folks. As many studies as they have done they could have run cable to every house and saved money.
But then their consultant sons- and daughters-in-law would have to get a real job...
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Iridium NEXT is not meant for consumer broadband services.

OneWeb and Starlink (Elon Musk's project) are both being developed and deployed right now. It will be at least a couple of more years before commercial service starts, though. Both systems are on lower orbits, and network latency should be better than HughesNet and other GEO satellites. However, available bandwidth per user depends on lots of factors, primarily the subscription ratio. Given the huge initial investment that they must make to launch satellite constellations, I don't think they will cap the number of subscribers until congestion becomes a real pain in you know where.
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Doesn’t Comcast/Xfinity or Frontier handle Morgantown?
Yes Xfinity. Looked at houses from 650k-900k price range just 11 miles from WVU and the only internet is a hot spot.
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Pretty lucky that I live next to a TV station serviced by CityNet. Called them up and they extended fiber optic to my place for 100x100 service and cable tv. It’s great.


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