[FoRK] Fwd: Will 'Net access via satellite fly?
Joseph S. Barrera III
joe at barrera.org
Mon Jul 19 22:40:14 PDT 2004
So what's the latency going to be like, I wonder?
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Subject: Will 'Net access via satellite fly?
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 20:14:04 -0700
From: [rss] Boing Boing <joe at barrera.org>
To: <joe at barrera.org>
Interesting story in The Star (Canada) about this weekend's launch of
Telesat Canada's new Internet broadcast satellite:
Canadians should care about this moment -- about this particular
satellite. Anik F2 is more than just the largest and heaviest of
commercial satellites in the world, it's also the first to combine
cutting edge Ka-band technology with older and less powerful Ku- and
C-band transponders. The latter two will continue to carry Canada's
television and telecommunications signals, but the powerful Ka-band
"spot beams" will, for the first time, let an Anik satellite deliver
two-way, broadband Internet service to any location in North America
at a price that's competitive with residential cable or DSL
Previously, you'd have to spend at least a couple hundred dollars a
month to get high-speed access to your cottage or rural business.
Bush estimates Telesat's consumer high-speed Internet service, which
will be sold through a distribution network yet to be announced (but
likely to include Bell Canada), will cost only 5 to 10 per cent more
than what Torontonians pay for high-speed services from Sympatico
(/Thanks, JP <http://www.parres.com/john>!/)
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