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Is Satellite Internet Worth It?

Its sky high (like 22,000 miles high) latency gives satellite Internet a bad rap, but its negative reputation is not always deserved. Without a doubt, satellite Internet is worth its downsides for some, although definitely not all, users. This short guide examines the pros and cons of the controversial rural Internet option to discern who wins and who loses with satellite Internet. CONS Latency: Satellite Internet transmits via geosynchronous satellites that orbit earth at about 22,000 miles above sea level. Travelling 45,000 miles round trip takes time, even for radio...
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Where T1 is Still Fastest: Rural Busines...

First implemented in 1984, T1 technology is now more than thirty year old. In an industry driven by Moore’s Law – i.e. the prediction, by Intel and Fairfield Semiconductor founder Gordon Moore, that advancements in digital electronics will double every year – thirty years is a long, long time. In the eighties, T1 was absolutely revolutionary. A fiber optic or copper T1 line has 24 channels operating at 1.544 Mbps both downlink and uplink, speeds that once set the standard in online transmission. Today, however, T1 is outstripped by newer technologies like mobile...
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What China’s $22b Investment in Rural Br...

The Chinese government pledged more than 140 billion yuan ($22.05 billion) to a series of rural broadband expansion projects. These projects will fill holes in the country’s Swiss cheese-like rural coverage, improve service for rural users who already have coverage, and expand e-commerce. By 2020, the government estimates that these funds will connect an additional 50,000 villages to the country’s mobile broadband networks. If it accomplishes this, 98% of China’s rural population (or about 650 million rural dwellers) will have Internet access. Chinese telecoms...
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Goodbye, Netflix: EPIX Strikes New Deal ...

On 30 August, the network that brought Transformers and The Hunger Games to Netflix announced that it was leaving the video streaming service and striking up a deal with rival Hulu. This marks the end of a five-year long partnership between Netflix and the EPIX network. EPIX, a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Lions Gate Entertainment, has brought thousands of hits to Netflix since it signed a distribution deal with the company in 2010. In fact, of all the top ten box-office hits released in the last three years, the only two you can find on...
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FCC Awards Rise Broadband $16.9 Million ...

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced that, out of the 181 companies that submitted 575 bids for its Rural Broadband Experiment, mobile broadband provider Rise Broadband won a coveted $16.9 million contract to develop high-speed networks in rural Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. With the establishment of the Rural Broadband Experiment in 2014, the FCC made $100 million annually available for rural broadband expansion across the United States. With the goal of, ultimately, making broadband Internet universally available in the United States, the...