Re: Elon Musk, SpaceX Rocket Into Internet Space Race
This is very cool. Consumers have had just about enough of the one-ISP choice model and, with bandwidth needs only going up thanks to IoT, this could be a great way to shake things up without having to 'fight' existing ISPs on the ground. As Waregl smartly said, one hand sort of washes the other here - even if it's not suitable for everyone or every application (and we don't know yet, with many specifics yet to be filled in), many types of traffic could be offloaded onto the satelite net, relieving congestion on the 'terrestrial' internet lines and on 4G - those services improve, people who have no options get one, everyone wins. It seems like SpaceX has all their bases covered here and is making a quantum leap when you compare those numbers to previous service attempts.
Like others, that SpaceX/Musk name gives me a mix of confidence and trepidation. The SpaceX rockets work (which is amazing), so I trust there's sound technology at the core. Given Musk's humanitarian predilections, I expect if the service comes to fruition, they'll do the right thing in getting it to those who need it (like waregl's coke-machine idea), and the pricing for the rest of us will be fair. It's everything in between I'm worried about. They might be jumping the gun a bit with their big claims. Just the regulatory concerns here are huge (look at that application form!). They're not even approved for this pre-test yet. Look at all the pushback Tesla Motors has received (Apples to Oranges, I know). It could be a decade before the service is ready, which likely has a lot to do with what sunk others' attempts (what ever happened to Google Loon?). The landscape could change a lot between now and then.