Terrific article. You’ve done a masterful job of knowing your audience (which is to say: you’ve made this information accessible to folks like me who know nothing of satellite technologies). You touched on some players, the different frequencies, orbital paths and altitudes, costs and other challenges, and obviously the benefits. You even hinted at reasons behind a somewhat long standing rap for satellite internet service, that being: it’s slow, unreliable, expensive, and only to be used as a last, last resort. Then, you explained why it may be that, in the near future, that reputation will be a thing of the past. It’s equally interesting to note why the so-called state flower of West Virginia will be noticeably smaller in the months and years ahead!
I know we’re supposed to be focused on providing internet access to disconnected continents and the populous therein, but, from a global-competitive standpoint, it’s equally exciting to think that under-served geographical areas right here in the United States, always highlighted by wireless phone carriers’ maps, might soon be connected at legitimate speeds, which will enable easier access to all things internet from the remote areas of Montana as if it were downtown Manhattan. I’m trying to imagine Ted Kaczynski posting his manifesto to Facebook over his high speed internet connection from his remote cabin in the woods! But, in all seriousness, it’s nice to imagine high speed connections from remote oil fields, pipelines through remote areas, archaeological sites, Indian reservations … the list goes on and on right here in our own backyard.
Great article, Eddie!