SpaceX’s Home Internet Service is Now Closer to Reality

Image of happy woman using laptop while sitting at cafe. Young african american woman sitting in a coffee shop and working on laptop.One of the main hopes for new cord cutters has been more home Internet options. We are starting to see 5G, fixed wireless, and even new Internet services from space bringing competition to the home Internet world. One of the main companies pushing to offer a new Internet service from space is SpaceX.

In early 2019, SpaceX received approval to launch 12,000 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites, enabling the company to sell home Internet. Over the last year, SpaceX put 120 satellites into space to test its Internet service. This week, SpaceX launched 60 more satellites into space for their new home Internet service, meaning SpaceX will soon have 180 home Internet service satellites in space.

When does SpaceX plan to launch its home Internet?

SpaceX recently told the FCC that it could begin offering high-speed Internet before the start of the 2020 hurricane season. SpaceX only plans to have about a hundred satellites launched when it goes live in parts of the United States.

How far along is SpaceX in building its new Internet service?

In October 2019, SpaceX successfully sent a tweet from space. Elon Musk posted the first tweet using SpaceX’s new Starlink home Internet service via low earth orbit satellites. This was the first public test for what SpaceX plans to be—a worldwide Internet service from space.

What will SpaceX charge for Internet service?

Exactly how much will SpaceX Internet service cost? We still don’t know for sure, but earlier this year at SXSW SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said it would be “low cost.” Exactly how low is unknown, but reports are that SpaceX hopes to make its Internet service extremely competitive. SpaceX also plans to offer high-speed Internet in North America sometime in early 2020.

The good news is for now it looks like SpaceX is still on track to offer an Internet service in North America sometime during 2020.

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