“Yes, we are finally at the stage in history where satellite technology is (pretty much) available to the masses, and at long last actually works at a speed and latency that’s usable, even in the 2020s. But one regime that is considerably more developed than the next generation of satellite data services is green technology – along with the general awareness of the environmental impact of the tech we buy and use. The useful life of these dinky LEO satellites is sub-10 years, according to submissions to the US Federal Communications Commission, and LEO satellites are not really the kind of thing one can throw on the compost heap or take to the council recycling centre.
So, at long last, satellite technology is finally something that really is bringing proper, high-speed, usable internet connectivity to the masses. It will change the lives of the millions of people worldwide who simply cannot make the most of cabled or land-based mobile connectivity.
But expect the debate about green technology to ramp up… along with the moans from all the space agencies around the globe whose kit will have to tiptoe around all this shiny stuff some kilometres up in the sky. ” The Register
Comment: Is anyone familiar with this UK site? I am not. From my own narrowly selfish POV, this is welcome news. I have this site hosted in Iceland where government protectionist policy shields the site from casual US interference. If I had non-US based satellite internet, my communication between here and Iceland would be similarly protected. I also have my own source of electricity. Hmmm. I need a few more years. I know, I know. THEY could always fabricate a charge with which to carry me off. pl