When it comes to Elon Musk, Xpay.com, Tesla Inc., and SpaceX are just a few brainchildren, and the latter was founded in 2002 with the mind-boggling goal to colonize space. No matter how you may feel about him, you’ve certainly got to hand it to Musk: when it comes to ideas, the sky truly is the limit! This brings us to the matter at hand: In 2019, SpaceX announced its latest projects, one of which was Starlink. But what exactly is Starlink? And is it really everything it’s cracked up to be?

 

What Is Starlink?

Satellite internet technology has been around for decades. Internet connectivity is transmitted by radio waves emitted by satellites orbiting thousands of miles above the Earth’s atmosphere. Those radio waves are received by ground stations and then sent right into your home. Plenty of people already use satellites to connect their homes to the internet.

For example, one of the leading satellite internet providers, HughesNet, has satellites that sit 22,000 miles above the Earth. Starlink will also be a satellite internet service, but the company is proposing low-orbiting satellites that operate only 300 miles above the surface. This translates to improved internet speeds and reduced latency when compared to other satellite providers. Moreover, SpaceX plans to launch a fleet of these satellites in the coming years. There will be as many as 40,000 new satellites arranged in what the corporation refers to as a ‘constellation.

 

Satellite Internet Challenges

Getting Starlink in your home starts with a hefty investment right off the bat. The initial $500 (US Dollars!) fee gets you the satellite dish and the Wi-Fi router, and you can expect to pay $99 (USD!) per month for internet services. Compare that to Northern Lights Fiber’s $89.99 (Canadian Dollars!) for a symmetrical 100Mbps! Not only that, our service currently scales to 10,000Mbps (that’s almost 1,000x faster than what many residents get today)!

 

Choose Reliability and Scalability

These days, reliable internet is more important than ever, especially for those living in rural areas. It helps keep us connected, employed, and entertained. Interrupted connectivity—even a short one—can make a world of difference for those who depend on it. While Starlink will be a welcome option for customers who only have traditional satellite internet—or none at all—it simply can’t compare to the reliability of fiber internet.

For guaranteed fast, reliable, and affordable internet services, fiber infrastructure from Canadian Fiber Optics and Northern Lights Fiber is the way to go.

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