Why Elon Musk’s plan for global internet access annoyed astronomers


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I’ve been itching for the chance to write about space lasers, and now that glorious time has come. Oh, happy day! Space lasers!

Not a new idea

Satellite broadband has been around for a while and is popular in extremely rural areas far from cable connections. It’s not the fastest, delivering up to 20Mbps according to Which?, and with a killer combo of high latency and low download limits. Starlink appears to massively improve on this, if it lives up to Musk’s promises.

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