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Steve Ogle

I signed up for info a couple of months ago. Sounds almost too good to be true. Will Comcast, Verizon and ATT etc just roll over and die? Or will they actually compete and lower prices as well as provide better service. If I can stream my favorite "football" club from England I'm in. So sick of paying the most for the least.

The Twisted Genius

The market for Starlink extends far beyond the Great White North and other areas best described as the boondocks. Fifty miles south of Washington DC many are just getting the opportunity to get broadband internet. Just a couple of weeks ago this article appeared in our local paper, "Broadband coming for up to 4,800 rural Stafford homes." This is radio-based broadband mounted on two existing cell towers in our county. The accompanying map shows I live within the footprint of this service except i might be in a hollow that is masked from those cell towers. I barely get cell service at home. I already have Verizon FIOS so no need for radio broadband.

https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/broadband-coming-for-up-to-4-800-rural-stafford-homes/article_8b4dbcff-c0a5-5a01-94f3-a5f052eb11e0.html

This radio broadband already provides service in Stafford along the Potomac. For comparison, the Gold Premium service with 30 Mbps download and 7 Mbps upload costs $89.99 per month. The top of the line Diamond service has up to 150 Mbps download and up to 50 Mbps upload speeds. That will set you back $199.99. Starlink broadband will be a much better deal for this area. I get 30 Mbps up and down from my FIOS and pay $70.00 for internet and phone service. I don't get FIOS TV. Starlink doesn't want me or my neighbors as customers. It wants those a few miles down the road from me who don't have FIOS or reliable cable service. The market is definitely there.

Fred

TTG,

The market isn't just on the road to Richmond. It's global.

scott s.

I hope it puts an end to corrupt companies living off the "universal service fund" like our "Sandwich Islands Communications" which was getting FCC money to bring broadband to Hawaiian Homestead land. Much of the money was going into the hands of the principles via networks of companies with interlocking directorships.

The Twisted Genius

Fred,

No shit. My point is that the market also extends to the commuting suburbs of a major metropolitan area. High speed broadband isn't near as widespread as a lot of people think it is.

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