Broadband For All?

Jan 12 2013 @ 5:01pm

Jon Brodkin reports on satellite companies that claim they can "provide broadband speed to nearly every American without costly construction projects to bring cables to the home":

Latest-generation satellites operated by HughesNet and ViaSat offer 10 to 15 Mbps down and 1 to 3 Mbps up to nearly any home in the US, representatives of those companies said. They believe the industry simply suffers from an awareness problem. Previous-generation satellite products offered only a fraction of that speed, and even people who realize satellite is available to them may not know that the latest products are as fast as they are.

But gamers beware:

"We can't get around physics and the speed of light," said Dan Turak, VP of sales and distribution at ViaSat Communications. "We have about a half-second latency. The only time latency becomes an issue is for a gamer. We're very clear to that customer that you'll probably lose if you're playing against someone without satellite broadband. That latency is just enough to cause delay."

Previous Dish on broadband access here.