While Elon Musk’s Starlink has captured much of the attention regarding low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet service, another billionaire’s company is working behind the scenes to launch (literally) its own alternative.
As outlined in this article on Ars Technica, Amason’s Project Kuiper is hoping to start offering service in 2024. The company has revealed some of the hardware it will use, with different size receiving antennas depending on what level of service customers need. They are touting download speeds of 100 Mbps to 400 Mbps once the service is launched. Their announcement this week did not mention monthly prices for their services.
While it will be great to have another internet option for remote areas, satellite alone can’t solve the problem of poor access for rural Americans. And while Starlink is already serving over a million users, Amazon has yet to even launch a single satellite. Hopefully by the time Project Kuiper is operational rural American will have better, land-based choices funded by various state and federal programs.