Saturday, January 30, 2021

Global internet: only one location at a time

I did a little reading about Starlink today, and I found one fact about using it rather strange. While one might think this would mean access to the internet from anywhere in the world (within certain latitudes), that's apparently not the case.

“Your Starlink is assigned to a single cell. If you move your Starlink outside of its assigned cell, a satellite will not be scheduled to serve your Starlink and you will not receive internet. This is constrained by geometry and is not arbitrary geofencing.”

In other words, satellite internet is still primarily home- or office-based internet. No road-tripping with your device or globetrotting across continents for Starlinkers.

That could be disappointing to emergency responders.

Also, Russia is not a fan.

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