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patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1

USA already has 100% coverage

With Wildblue and Iridium we already have 100 % cellphone and broadband coverage in the USA.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

wildblue != broadband



88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to patcat88

said by patcat88:

With Wildblue and Iridium we already have 100 % cellphone and broadband coverage in the USA.

yes wildblue is "broadband. With 1500 MS latency and low cap. Yeah ok. When is 1.5 Mbps considered broadband? I though the defintion was 4 Mbps?

hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

where've you been? The FCC can't define or touch the Internet. Their definition doesn't mean shit and the ISPs know that. Broadband is what ever the ISP decides it is.



MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to 88615298

People always ignore the latency issue, that's why I want to upgrade to LTE is for the reduced latency, not really the bandwidth.
I can live on the 3mbit down / 1.5 up I get on AT&T, but not at 300 - 450ms latency, which is worse than dialup, LTE has sub 100ms latency and that's what really makes webpages load faster and snap up instantly like they do on my 30-40ms latency cable connection.

Wildblue imho isn't broadband.
It's dialup with an occasional high speed file download.



Ben
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join:2007-06-17
Glen Carbon, IL
reply to patcat88

said by patcat88:

With Wildblue and Iridium we already have 100 % cellphone and broadband coverage in the USA.

     Wildblue doesn't satisfy the already below meager FCC definition of 4Mbps/1Mbps, even on their top tier, which is 1.5Mbps/256K for $80/mo. and a two year contract.  I'm not even going to touch on their obscenely low caps of 17GB/mo. (again on the top tier).

     As far as Iridium is concerned, I've never heard of anyone placing satellite phone service in the same category as traditional mobile phones.

     Satellite phones remain a strictly niche service for those who must have phone service and absolutely no other option exists.  When it costs someone $9/min. to call such a phone, you will use any other possible alternative if one exists.  For this reason, you only use satellite phones in third world countries, aircraft, or ships at sea.  It's also considered an international call, since satellite phone companies get their own country codes.

     I get the $9/min. figure based on what AT&T charges a POTS customer.  I've seen rates between $6 and $14/min., but even at $6 you will seek out any other possible alternative.

jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA
reply to patcat88

Well that's just not true.