Friday, November 18, 2016

SpaceX just took another step toward delivering superfast Internet from space - The Washington Post

Vertical integration, SpaceX style

"SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk announced the plan in 2015, saying it would cost $10 billion and provide an alternative to slow, uncompetitive Internet providers on the ground.

“In cases where people are stuck with Time Warner or Comcast, this would provide an opportunity to leave,” he said.

Other companies have looked to space as a way to provide Internet access. Facebook and Google have both explored the idea of using satellites and drones to beam broadband down to earth. Also competing to provide satellite broadband is OneWeb, a broadband startup that plans a network of several hundred satellites. The big bottleneck, analysts say, is getting access to the wireless airwaves required to make the system work. Google and another company, Fidelity, have invested in SpaceX to support the project."
SpaceX just took another step toward delivering superfast Internet from space - The Washington Post
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