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Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting (Electrical and Communication Services)
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October 12, 2020
Posted by Dean Hoshizaki, Lopez Island

Hi All,

This is very interesting. The HOH over on the peninsula got the BETA of Starlink, the new micro satellite internet by Elon Musk et al.

Also the WA State Dept of Commerce is doing a survey of slow internet for people to determine where to go next. I did not realize there is an initiative to get everyone in WA hooked up by 2024.

Check it out!

The story:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/10/remote-tribe-says-spacex-starlink-catapulted-them-into-21st-century/

The Video of the HOH and Dept of commerce effort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbLY8xLXP0E&feature=youtu.be

Do the survey and get a vote in to have the SJ islands next.

https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-statewide-broadband-act/speedtestsurvey/


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Michael Hawk: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Satelite internet sounds great.
Does that require more and higher power radio transmitters than whats presently used ?
John Waugh: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Starlink sounds pretty good to me, depending on the ultimate monthly cost, and what that delivers. Not sure how well we'd do in the trees, though. We can get Dish Network TV, shooting through a hole between trees. But Starlink satellites will not be geostationary, so not sure how that would work with our... Read all
Steve Snowden: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Yep, Heike, we certainly get the benefits provided by unfettered capitalism (/s). We lived in and near Munich in the late '80s and early 90s. The affordable and reliable public transit that would get you nearly everywhere, extensive bike paths, affordable health care, and a belief that weekends were for... Read all
Heike And Terry: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Thanks Steve, for the cost info. It’s astonishing how much American consumers have to pay for an essential utility service. My Mom in Germany pays $53/month for internet, landline, and unlimited cell phone, including all services and taxes. And no,... Read all
Ryan Woofenden: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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This is a really silly solution. If the internet speeds go up, so too will the bandwidth use of the information being shared over the internet. It's a never ending cycle of growth, and so this "solution" will only make the problem worse in the long term. If the problem is slow internet speeds,... Read all
Steve Snowden: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Well, don't be too hasty. The expected cost of Starlink internet is $80 a month which is just a bit more more than LTE wireless, and the speeds are roughly the same. A somewhat obscure concern is the number of satellites and debris in low Earth orbit. At some point, perhaps in the not too far distant... Read all
Tim Nurczyk: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Yeah Bruce, it probably will make the fiber obsolete. People in the telecommunications industry should have known this was coming, I'm just a country bumpkin carpenter and I did. It doesn't make much sense to spend millions digging a bunch of fiber lines in rocky island soil where you often run... Read all
Dean Hoshizaki: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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OPALCO was a good idea, but things have been slow to materialize. Has it been 4- or 5 years (or more) since it was talked about? ... Read all
Bruce Richardson: Starlink, WA State and us: Very exciting

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Will this put OPALCO out of the internet business and leave us holding the bag?