labman: This is concerning to me since my best source for internet is currently Starlink.
jimpapa: good, let them all fall into the ocean. fracking things now ruin about 10% of my astro pics.
transporter_ii: I'm glad Starlink is there. It puts some pressure on everyone else to do a better job. However, it isn't going to do as much as I was hoping:
BitwiseShift: A simple trip to the store will be very difficult using GPS soon as the satellites plummet in real time.
transporter_ii: labman: This is concerning to me since my best source for internet is currently Starlink.I'm glad Starlink is there. It puts some pressure on everyone else to do a better job. However, it isn't going to do as much as I was hoping:But for those who continue to think Starlink is going to truly disrupt the broken U.S. broadband market, here's a few quick numbers. Up to 42 million Americans lack access to any broadband whatsoever, be it wired or wireless. Another 83 million currently live under a broadband monopoly, usually Comcast. Tens of millions more live under a broadband duopoly, which usually consists of Comcast and some regional phone company that stopped caring about upgrading its DSL networks sometime around 2005 or so. This regional monopolization directly results in spotty, expensive, sometimes sluggish service.In contrast, SpaceX and Musk say that the 500,000 users will probably get the service they've pre-ordered. But Musk noted last week that as the company begins to push into the several million connection territory, things will likely get tricky. Particularly in more dense areas where capacity constraints will continue to be a big problem, much like existing higher-orbit satellite offerings:[Fark user image 613x320]
DoganSquirrelSlayer: transporter_ii: I'm glad Starlink is there. It puts some pressure on everyone else to do a better job. However, it isn't going to do as much as I was hoping:I never really thought of it this way, but it really is a sick joke that the regional monopolies would face even a sliver of pressure for better price/speed/reliability from a company who's start up costs included GOING TO SPACE.
Concrete Donkey: Subby its not increased drag we are worried about. Its a runaway chain reaction of impacts turning space into a kill net that we are worried about. Probably about to start that chain if it hasnt started already.Good thing that humans are so fantastically good at acting before shiat completely hits the fan right
transporter_ii: labman: This is concerning to me since my best source for internet is currently Starlink.And for all the bitcoin/NFT crap investment scams, Dish Network flipped on the first of it's nationwide 5g network in Nevada recently. It will be the 4th largest carrier in the US...and its stock is currently under $17.00.I rarely buy stock, but I picked some up yesterday. Yeah, it is Dish Network, but if they pull off this network as planned, it is actually pretty impressive.Also, if you do some looking, Dish Network and DirecTV seem to be planning to exit the market. This makes me think Dish is pretty serious about making the 5g network work:-=-=-=Many of the satellites used by broadcasters Dish Network and DirecTV are approaching the end of their useful life cycle, and neither company appears to be building new satellites fast enough to replace them.That was the conclusion in an analyst note published by MoffettNathanson this week, as first