One of the most exciting new ISPs is Starlink, a company which provides broadband internet using modern low-orbit satellites.
For a very long time, satellite internet connections just haven't been able to provide fast enough speed and low enough latency to justify the price. With the rise of Starlink Internet, all that is changing.
Connection Type: Satellite Internet
Download Speeds: Up To 200 Mbps
While Starlink isn't cheap, costing $110/mo with a $599 one-time hardware cost, it does provide the fast speeds people are willing to pay for:
Stats are according to customer speed tests performed by Ookla in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2022.
The low latency that Starlink provides is far lower than other satellite ISPs. For comparison, HughesNet and Viasat are in the 625-725 ms range.
Availability of Starlink in the U.S. is currently hit and miss. SpaceX is still launching and positioning the satellites required to cover the American population. You'll need to check their site for current coverage:
If you find that you are outside Starlink's service area, keep checking back. Their coverage area is expected to be completed sometime in 2023.
While Starlink is a global service, much of the demand remains in North America. The company recently passed 400,000 customers, with about 80% of those located within the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The current main drawback of Starlink seems to be upload speeds. They still trail behind Starlink download speeds by a significant amount. This keeps the service from being ideal for certain activities, such as streaming.
Still, the massive improvement in latency is what sets Starlink apart from traditional satellite ISPs, both HughesNet and Viasat.
Basically, if you have looked into satellite internet connections in the past and found them lacking, then it might be time to consider Starlink.