Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
How will UTOPIA ever compete with this?And how will UTOPIA ever dig
its way out of the hole it has dug? (Other than forcing taxpayers to foot the
bill for an increasingly obsolete technology infrastructure?)
I wonder if this is in conjunction with HughesNet, who we used before cable
internet was available in our area?
@Reasonable Person,Your "wondering" is probably correct.
HughesNet was purchased by EchoStar in 2011. EchoStar is also the owner of Dish
Network.As a side note, just recently Dish Network has purchased
access through the CenturyLink owned hardware and phone line connections to
provide both phone service and high-speed internet access as a bundled service
along with their Dish Network satellite television services. And for Dish
Network users (like me) it is a much better price than for separate Dish Network
television and CenturyLink phone and high-speed internet services.
Maybe we could get a group of cities to invest in the infrastructure needed to
make this happen and then charge everyone for it... Oooops. Never mind.
Cool! For most routine internet things like browsing and reading e-mail it will
be just fine. Sounds like it could potentially stream video too. However
interactive gaming won't quite be as useful due to what is known as
'latency' or the delay caused by the signal having to make the trip up
and back twice to the satellite 23,000 miles above the equator. Things like
VOIP will likely be blocked or throttled since they could hog the resources if a
lot of users tried to use them at the same time. However the rate looks
reasonable. Way to go Charlie!
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