High Speed Internet is Coming to Rural Minnesota
If you live in the country, aka "the sticks", there’s a good chance you have a slow Internet connection. You’ve either had to suffer from satellite internet or if you’re lucky DSL. Maybe you don't even realize there is this blazing fast worldwide network out there. When you've experienced nothing else, how can you know what you're missing? I can relate. When I first got my WiFi modem/router (dubbed "The Rocketship") and saw my speed shoot up to over 200 Mbps, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
Maybe you’re okay with that. I know people that are totally content with slower speeds. They don't really need high-speed internet (except those moments they do). But if you’re not content, and you’ve always wanted high-speed broadband Internet, there’s good news.
And it comes in the form of — satellite.
But this is not the satellite Internet you know. This satellite Internet service is the creation of that SpaceX guy, Elon Musk. It's called Starlink, and this ain’t your daddy‘s satellite Internet service.
No, this satellite Internet service is much, much faster. According to PCMag, the testing is in the early phases. They're seeing some good numbers with only about 1000 low-level satellites in orbit. But in the end, they're looking to put about 12,000 of them circling the Earth.
In the end, it will not only be faster than anything rural America has had before. But it will be a bit more expensive. But if faster internet is what you want, it's the price you have to pay.
Musk has also indicated that northern states, like Minnesota, would be seeing this come to them first. That's maybe why Minnesota is so interested in this. How interested? GoHasting.com commissioned a study. Data was gathered based on geotagged Twitter data in the last month by tracking tweets and hashtags about Elon Musk's Starlink Internet. Hashtags like, #starlink, #starlinkinternet, #starlinksatellite, #spacexstarlink, etc. And more than 80,000 tweets were tracked.
In the end, Minnesota was at the top of the list as the most interested in Starlink.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
Notice how the Dakota's are not that interested. Outside of Fargo, I don't think they've heard of the internet. Dakota jokes, they're just too easy to make.