Starband By SpaceNet: Internet On Demand
Launched in 2000, Starband provides the first two way satellite based broadband Internet service in the United States. In 2005, Starband was acquired by Spacenet and is now run as a subsidiary of that brand. Spacenet serves over 100,000 customers across North America
from its headquarters in MacLean, Virginia.
Currently, Starband is available nationwide and internationally
. Satellite sizes for outlying locales in Alaska, Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or other international locales may vary. Starband cannot be mounted to an RV or other mobile unit at this time.
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Starband uses a VSAT (very small aperture terminal) platform in home and K band satellites to transmit data. Basically, your VSAT terminal recieved an Internet signal from a hub, which bounces signals off a stationary satellite above earth. It boasts speeds 10 times faster than DSL.
Originally, Starband required a special PC to use its services; now customers only need a .75 meter satellite dish installed to get home Internet with speeds up to 10 times faster than dial-up
Because Starband is satellite based, disruptions in service may occur due to satellite positioning or weather related events
. Additionally, not all standard Internet services are offered; for instance, voice over IP telephone lines will not work with Starbands existing hardware.
SEE ALSO: Broadband Internet
Satellite Internet with Starband comes in several different packages based on usage. All accounts can be used unlimitedly, though data throttling may occur within Starbands fair use policy. Their packages are:
- Nova 500: This package has download speeds up to 512Kbps, uploads up to 100Kbps, is $49.99 per month for 24 months, and an installation cost of $150.
- Nova 1000: This package has download speeds up to 1Mbps, uploads up to 125Kbps, costs $69.99 per month for 24 months, and an installation fee of $150.
- Nova 1500: This package has download speeds up to 1.5Mbps, uploads up to 256Kbps, is $99.99 per month for 24 months with an installation cost of $150.
Starband also offers its customers customized Google apps service
, including Gmail email, with up to 15 email accounts included. All packages come with 7Gb of data storage, tech support, and equipment.