Elon Musk Says Starlink Is Not For DLS and Cable Users In Populated Areas

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There have been a few questions and concerns pertaining to the broadband internet connection associated with Starlink. The satellite system designed by Elon Musk should provide a better connection for everyone, but Musk has indicated that it won’t be for those who live in populated areas or who have DLS.

A Filler
Starlink should be seen as a way to fill in some of the spaces that have been left by 5G and fiber-option connections. Musk sees Starlink as a way to try to offer broadband internet to areas in the world that might not have internet access like other cities. While Musk spoke at a recent conference online, he tried to ease the minds of those interested in how Starlink would benefit those who don’t have internet or who have slower connections, but it was the details that he didn’t talk about that has some people concerned about where the project could go in the future.

Getting the Satellites Going
There are about 1,500 satellites in orbit with more headed that way in the coming months and years. SpaceX has saved quite a bit of money by launching the satellites into orbit instead of using other crafts that are available. Aside from taking Starlink satellites to orbit, SpaceX has also been a vessel used to take astronauts to the International Space Station. About 60 satellites can be placed on the craft when it’s launched. There should be significant broadband coverage throughout the world by August aside from remote areas where more work needs to be done in completing the connections. One detail that Musk wants users to keep in mind is that the Starlink system doesn’t really offer a lot of bandwidth for those who randomly want to connect to the system. It’s a system that’s designed to offer a connection for those who live in areas that aren’t as populated so that they can have internet service access as well. Customers will likely pay close to $100 a month when the system is up and running and see speeds between 50 and 150 Mbps. Upload speeds are close to 20 Mbps.

Reviews of the Service
There have been a few issues that have come about from the connection that Starlink offers. It has been a service that hasn’t always been reliable, which has resulted in some customers not being able to get online when they want or experience lagging when they are online. This is a project that’s in the beta stages and that needs quite a bit of work before it reaches the people it needs to and provides the coverage that Musk desires. A benefit of Starlink is that there are no data caps as with other satellite broadband connections like HughesNet. It’s possible that there will be caps in the future once all of the kinks have been sorted out. Those who have paid for the satellite connections have received quite the deal as the purchase price could drastically increase in the future. Upgraded satellites should be launched soon, which can provide more coverage for consumers. Musk wants to try to offer terminals that are half the cost of what they are now, but until the issues are resolved, that might not be available for a few years. One thing that Musk doesn’t want for Starlink is to go bankrupt while offering internet services to those who don’t have access.