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SpaceX is on a mission to beam cheap, high-speed internet to consumers all over the globe

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Washington (CNN Business) said:
SpaceX is on a mission to beam cheap, high-speed internet to consumers all over the globe. And this week the company revealed a few earthly locations that are already linked to the network, including CEO Elon Musk's house and the cockpits of a few Air Force jets.

Love him or hate him, looks like Starlink is going well and could be game changing in our industry as people worldwide get access to high speed internet. Particularly for 'the next billion users'.

What do you make of this progress? How do you think the web would change if everybody had high-speed access all the time?
 
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Facebook and Google had same ideas/projects - so time will show. 😉
I hope nothing changes. Pages should get slimmed down - a trend some developers follow by asking "how much JS is needed?".
 
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Well since I live in a part of the world with crippling internet speed, this would be amazing. Online games would be played with lower latency, streaming won't be such a hassle. Let's wait and see.

I'm excited.
 
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Google's idea was to use balloons, but I'm pretty sure that's been shelved now. Facebook's was with solar planes, and I'm sure that's been delayed.

With this, SpaceX have actually already got some satellites in the sky!
 
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Google's idea was to use balloons, but I'm pretty sure that's been shelved now. Facebook's was with solar planes, and I'm sure that's been delayed.

With this, SpaceX have actually already got some satellites in the sky!
Yeah totally, I was skeptical when I first heard it a while back but the mans got a reputation for getting stuff done, just not on time.

I’m sure if Google or Facebook at the time had the capacity to put things in to space that would have been their first choice also.
 

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I’m sure if Google or Facebook at the time had the capacity to put things in to space that would have been their first choice also.
So far I know Google has chosen the balloons because they are cheap and Facebook the solar planes because they are also not this expensive and are easily to maintain. A satellite is a whole new level. The other two technologies were also easy to be placed after a catastrophe in the area. So all 3 ideas/solutions have benefits over the others.
 

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I can't overemphasize how incredible this will be if it's eventually successful. Living in the part of the world where internet is overly expensive and still unreliable, this will definitely cause a ripple effect on the continent
 
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