Dish Network to launch nationwide satellite broadband service this fall

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Aug 16, 2012
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  1. Reports are suggesting that Dish Network will be launching an expanded satellite broadband service later this year that would compete directly with offerings from cable companies and telecoms. The company already offers satellite web access in select parts of the……

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  2. hojnikb

    hojnikb TS Enthusiast Posts: 33

    twoway sat internet is crap becouse of its high latencies
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    No mention of latency, still won't compete with cable or even dsl. However if your in a remote region without either this could be an option, just don't plan on using your connection to handle any latency sensitive streaming. And, because its a satellite 2000KM above the earth there will always be latency.
  4. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Still, if you're out 50 miles past nowhere and your option is a dial-up, that bandwidth would look pretty sweet. Curious, though - what kind of streamed content would be sensitive to a satellite's latency?
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,287

    Pretty much all online games, VOIP, some remote administration apps, auctions and trading, a few other things. When you add to that the fact that every satellite service has draconian limits on usage and costs about $100 a month just for the data, this will probably do about as well as previous offerings: abysmally. Oh, and you don't have to be 50 miles beyond nowhere - typically, if you're more than 3 miles outside a municipality or large unincorporated area in the US you have no terrestrial broadband options. Funny how the utilities can make money delivering power and even water to the furthest corners of the country and yet we can't even get first-gen DSL connections much beyond sight of town.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,287

    There are several possible solutions to America's "last mile" problem (which is caused 100% by corporate telecom greed). Broadband Over Powerline (BoP), greatly expanded LTE and DSL buildouts, WISPs..the list goes on. Unfortunately the government keeps handing most of its funds earmarked for "rural broadband" over to AT&T and Verizon, who proceed to pocket it and build more towers in the top 100 urban markets. However, my local phone company snagged a good chunk of the most recent grant because the FCC did something unprecedented: this time they demanded accountability for the money. AT&T and Verizon took a pass for once, proving beyond argument that they have no interest in providing anymore than basic 3G to the less densely populated areas (at least until there's a major breakthrough in wireless).

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