Those who live in rural areas often have difficult access to the Internet, however, Germany wants to help this part of the population to have an entrance to the network that is supported by the purchase of hardware to provide satellite Internet, like Elon Musk’s Starlink does.
This plan will be open to providers that offer wireless Internet connections in rural areas.Although for now, the German Transport Ministry added that the network would be offered via satellite or directional radio links, although details are still in progress to carry out the purchase of the technical equipment.
On the other hand, The German government will subsidize the purchase of Starlink satellite dishes and other similar providers that present wireless Internet connections with aid of 500 euros to households. This decision was made after Andreas Scheuer, Minister of Transport, met with Elon Musk in mid-May, taking into account that Starlink offers a monthly fee for satellite Internet for 99 euros.
The SpaceX founder commented that he had received more than 500,000 pre-orders to provide his satellite Internet service and does not foresee technical problems in meeting demand.. Musk posted on a Twitter profile that “the only limitation is the high density of users in urban areas.”
The company is planning to deploy 12,000 satellites in total even though the cost is ten billion dollars. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission of the United States approved last month to launch Starlink satellites in a lower Earth orbit safely.
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