August 16, 2012, 11:39 AM —
Some regulations need to be settled, but the 8-10 million Americans too far in the boonies for broadband may soon have a new option.
Dish Network, says Bloomberg, will soon market a satellite-based broadband offering powered by corporate sibling EchoStar. Hughes Communications, also part of the family, has been offering broadband satellite for several years, but not Dish Network.
Current satellite capacity will allow Dish to support 2 million new customers, most likely with a 5Mbps offering. A new satellite, EchoStar 17, went up in July, and can support download speeds of 15Mpbs. The company is also applying for approval to start offering mobile Internet and phone service.
Let me tell you
I've been a satellite customer for 6 years, dialup until that time. It is very much capped at low levels. The prices are and will be high. Also the pings at a minimum are over 600ms.
NErancher on cnet.com
It should be noted that latency times for satellites are typically well over 500 milliseconds due to the distance the signal has to travel between the satellite and the dish.
Ken Peters on endgadget.com
Better than nothing
Which would you rather have: distance from civilization, or fast Internet access?