The Future of Satellite Internet:
For many people throughout the world, the only way to get online is by using satellite internet service. This is because they live in regions where traditional cable or DSL lines are not there. This may be because of landscape or the fact that some homes and businesses are simply located too far into rural regions and it is not cost effect for traditional companies to run lines to only one or two clients. However, a satellite internet connection does not rely on traditional wires. Instead, the internet signal is beamed back and forth from a satellite which is circling thousands of miles above the surface of the earth. Some traditional draw backs in the past have been that the service was slow, contained latency and unreliable, especially during inclement weather. However, due to new technology the signal can travel faster than ever before, less latency and satellite internet service is now just as reliable, if not more so, as satellite television when a storm is raging outside. There are also several new companies which have recently waded into the satellite internet industry. Combined with brand new satellites and a complete ground network, speeds using a satellite connection are almost as fast as those with cable or DSL. ViaSat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world, was launched Oct. 19, 2011 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. With 140 Gbit/s total throughput capacity, the new satellite services the Exede Internet service, with download and upload speeds much faster than anything previously offered in the satellite industry. In early 2013, the technology is also scheduled to begin delivering this new level of service to airline passengers aboard JetBlue Airways and one other carrier, according to ViaSat.
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