Starlink could go live by mid-2020

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/22/20927277/spacex-starlink-broadband-satellite-constellation-internet-2020

At first I got really excited when I saw this article. This will be a game-changer for undeveloped countries and rural areas where there is little or no internet available. The benefits are clear.

Then I got to the part that said, “It’s possible the service will be offered directly to customers, while in some countries, customers will need to sign up for the service through a telecom service provider.“

I guess I assumed it would be direct access for everyone, but if some countries (most likely developed nations) need to go through a telecom service it seems it won’t be any different than it is now because the telecoms will still control access. This also means nations can still enforce censorship.

I definitely see the benefits for humankind but I’m disappointed it’s not direct access for all.

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