You may of read that SpaceX, and now with Google cash, are going to deploy a global swarm of internet satellites.
The 4000 potential satellites would be at a 750 mile up orbit(current home Internet satellites are at 22,000 miles) Whipping around the Earth and handing off traffic between them from the source to the destination. Looking for a minimum latency to be well below 100ms, based on various factors.
At least 5 years before the first implementation. Orbital logistics and all that.
Why you won't be able to get it?
Talk to the Canadian government and the Competition bureau and the CRTC.
They are the ones who already block Hughesnet and Viasat from selling direct to you, and instead mandate a middleman known as Xplornet for service. Wave your Canadian content flags proudly, or else you will be punished!
All of you may not know that Xplornet has 'only' bought all the Canadian capacity on the satellites(4 of the newest models) and does not own any satellite.
Complain about a monopoly
Complain about throttles(ITMP)
Complain about everything else
Only together can you yell loud enough while scraping politician's balls across the guillotine blades of anger, as you are being subjected to designation as third class citizens who don't matter to the 1% who rule you.
Elon Musk on Jan. 16 said SpaceX has submitted to international regulators the necessary documentation for a global satellite Internet project to eventually include some 4,000 satellites in low Earth orbit and initial service within five years.
“This is intended to be a significant amount of revenue and to help fund a city on Mars,” Musk said. “Looking at the long term, what’s needed to create a city on Mars? Well, one thing’s for sure – a lot of money. So we need things that will generate a lot of money.”
The SpaceX satellites are expected to weigh several hundred kilograms at launch and to use Hall-effect ion-electric thrusters for in-orbit maneuvering. He said SpaceX’s satellite plant would be building its own thrusters, which he characterized as a technology that can be mastered with relative ease.
The SpaceX network would feature user terminals fitted with phased-array antennas inexpensive enough — $100 to $300 – to be purchased the world over to deliver broadband to areas that are unlikely to be served by terrestrial broadband anytime soon. It should take about five years to build and launch an initial constellation that would cover the globe except the polar region.
Musk is tonight hosting a SpaceX event in Seattle, where the company is opening a new office. The talk will mostly be about SpaceX’s plans for hiring aerospace and software engineers in the Pacific Northwest to boost the company’s rocket-building efforts. But he'll also use the talk to announce his newest idea, which would launch a vast network of communication satellites to orbit earth. The network would do two things: speed up the general flow of data on the Internet and deliver high-speed, low-cost Internet services to the three billion-plus people who still have poor access to the Web. “Our focus is on creating a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date,” Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek ahead of the announcement.
In Musk’s vision, Internet data packets going from, say, Los Angeles to Johannesburg would no longer have to go through dozens of routers and terrestrial networks. Instead, the packets would go to space, bouncing from satellite to satellite until they reach the one nearest their destination, then return to an antenna on earth. “The speed of light is 40 percent faster in the vacuum of space than it is for fiber,” Musk says. “The long-term potential is to be the primary means of long-distance Internet traffic and to serve people in sparsely populated areas.”