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Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX providing satellite Internet access.

Is the new ‘Starlink for RVs’ scheme worth it for you?

Starlink, for many, is filling a need, especially for those with limited or no access. Yet, these are still early days and Elon Musk‘s satellite internet service–operated through SpaceX—is not robust enough to accomodate everyone who needs or desires access. This might be a reason Starlink and the Starlink for RVs program is seemingly aimed at those who are incapable of waiting, can afford it, and don’t mind paying the inflated prices.

Starlink for RVs for Canadians » CDN$947.60 (~ US$740) 1st month then CDN$195.50 (~US$153) per month for service thereafter (Conversion rate 2022.05.24 / CDN$1 = US$0.7777371 or US$1 = 1.00 US Dollar = CDN$1.2848661)

Richard Lawler, The Verge »

Taking that route won’t be cheap, though. Like most people in the US who live east of the Mississippi River, my home address is waitlisted for Starlink service, but I could sign up for a dish today with $99 down and an estimated $110 monthly service price. If I opt for Starlink for RVs, then I can get a dish shipped to me ASAP, as long as I’m willing to pay the full $599 price plus fees immediately and $135 per month for internet service.

For my extra $25 each month, I would enjoy “best effort service,” as well as the option to pause service for months when I don’t need it. As the Starlink for RVs FAQ explains, “Network resources are always de-prioritized for Starlink for RVs users compared to other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed. Service degradation will be most extreme in “Waitlist” areas on the Starlink Availability Map during peak hours.” »

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Amazon to launch first two Internet satellites in 2022 to compete with SpaceX

NY Times »

The first two prototype satellites from Project Kuiper, the internet-from-space venture from the e-commerce giant, are scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, Amazon announced on Monday. That will formally kick off its competition with SpaceX, the space company owned by Elon Musk, and OneWeb, among other rivals, for beaming high-speed internet connections to customers from low Earth orbit. It will also be a crucial test of the satellites’ design before the company launches thousands more devices into orbit.

Amazon first announced its goal of deploying a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit in 2019. This was the second pursuit in space by Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and former chief executive who also owns Blue Origin, the rocket company. A handful of other firms are also racing to offer high-speed internet to governments, other companies and consumers whose access is hampered by the digital divide in remote locations.

Like SpaceX, Amazon plans to spend $10 billion on the project, which sits within its devices unit. But the company has been slower to start than SpaceX, whose Falcon 9 rockets have lofted nearly 2,000 internet-beaming satellites into orbit for its own venture, Starlink. Thousands of customers are testing the SpaceX service for $99 a month with $499 antenna kits.

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