Will satellite Internet ever have the bandwidth of cable Internet with the competitive cost of cable? Thank You

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Satellite Vs. Cable Internet
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William Daugherty

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Low orbit geostationary satellite constellations....about two years away.
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Stephen Rice, Champion

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That geostationary thing sounds pretty sweet.  We don't need net neutrality laws.  Competition will keep Viasat on good behavior.
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Michael McDowell

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Low orbit geostationary?  Thought the satellite had to be out at 22K plus miles to be geostationary!
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No.  Look at Globalstar satellite phone service.  Its a pretty amazing technology that has been around for at least a decade.

Basically you have a whole bunch of satellites up there flying around in all sorts of strange directions.  They are not stationary.  

The benefit of this is they are able to orbit the earth a lot closer to the ground.  Closer to the ground means two things,  less latency, and you don't have to point a dish directly at it.

For phone service this works pretty dang good.  The only draw back, is if they don't have enough satellites in the sky, you will lose signal every time one goes out of range.  The solution is to have enough satellites up there so there is a continuous blanket of coverage.

Its pretty amazing stuff and it will ensure that Viasat continues to work there hardest to stay competitive.