Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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Satellite is the broadband access of last resort.

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tomcat Member since:

Satellite is the broadband access of last resort.

Downstream isn't too bad on satellite (not great, but not bad). Upstream is pathetic.

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Hello again!

"Downstream isn't too bad on satellite (not great, but not bad). Upstream is pathetic."

I use SSH alot, I would find the additional latency intolerable.
"Latency refers to the amount of time it takes a packet of data to travel across a network. With satellite service, that data must travel up to the satellite and back (about 45,000 miles). This round trip adds about a half-second delay to the total time your computer takes to communicate with a Website or host server."

This next quote concerns me alot as well, since it sounds like they use deep packet inspection to differentiate service between encrypted and decrypted content.

"Why does the service slow down when used in conjunction with a VPN?
HughesNet uses sophisticated acceleration techniques to enable high-speed performance over satellite. These acceleration techniques require access to data packet header information, which is blocked when IPSec-based VPNs are used. These VPNs encrypt the data and create a secure tunnel through the HughesNet network. The encrypted data cannot be processed by HughesNet's acceleration techniques, therefore resulting in slower performance."

Also, regarding speeds:

$40 plan: 650-750kbps down, 70-80kbps up
$80 plan: 800-900kbps down, 100-125kbps
$110 plan: 1500kbps down, 300kbps up

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