Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, plans to introduce high speed internet to most rural areas in Upstate New York. However, the price is not affordable for everyone.
Musk’s SpaceX corporation has secured more than $ 885 million in government subsidies for its satellite internet radio system known as Starlink from the Federal Communications Committee, reports Business Insider. 20 million US dollars of that will be invested on more than 13,000 potential customers in New York state over the next 10 years.
Including a small portion of Syracuse’s North Side, the Onondaga Nation reserve sections, Victory just west of Cato, Apules Station in the vicinity of Tully and a half-douzen “locations” in Jamesville. Are the areas to be served by Starlink? In rural areas outside places like Avon, Watkins Glen, Seneca Falls, Alder Cryk, Lake Placid, Gouverneur, Stratford and Lake George, most potential customers are located at Starlink’s location.
The FCC has reported that 99.7% of the winning venues would have download speeds of at least 100 Mb/s, which are ideal for watching quality online movies and using VDC platforms, such as Zoom. Service can be even quicker at 85% of those locations — 10 times more.
The initiative is financed by the 20,4 billion dollars Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, charged in small payments on cellular phone bills to get Internet providers to sluggish or non-existent internet access to broadband areas of the U.S. SpaceX was one of 180 organizations that earned Phase1 funds to benefit 5.2 million homes and industries in the United States.
Further in the Upstate New York region, the grants for Frontier Communications have been funded primarily by the “Gigabit,” which serves low-latency areas. SpaceX offers are for the slower speed “Above baseline” tier.
Although under-served communities are happy to access the Internet quicker, it can be costly.
In October, CNBC announced that the “beta” service cost Starlink $99 a month plus an upfront cost of $499 for buying Starlink kits. The package contains a SpaceX user terminal and a Wi-Fi router, operated by a Starlink app on Google and Apple.
SpaceX warns that data speeds range between 50Mb/s and 150Mb/s, and latency between 20ms and 40ms ‘over the upcoming months, thus improving the Starlink system.’
The company did not say how much it would charge for facilities at FCC-assigned sites, but US. The Times Union was told by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY 20) that his office will ensure that Starlink’s service is effective at rates that are customer friendly.