How and why a Texas school district became SpaceX’s Starlink lab

  • SpaceX has rocketed nearly 900 internet-beaming Starlink satellites into orbit in hopes of beginning the internet service sometime in 2021.
  • To test Starlink, SpaceX kicked off a public beta in October and is recruiting users.
  • As part of the beta, SpaceX agreed to serve up to 135 families in western Texas through an agreement with the Ector County Independent School District.
  • Scott Muri, the district’s superintendent, says he pursued the deal because dozens of student families have “zero internet” and no conventional way to get it.
  • Business Insider obtained an agreement between SpaceX and ECISD for Starlink service, which includes pricing, terms of service, and more.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When it rolled out a big test of its Starlink satellite-internet project this summer, SpaceX decided to make Ector County Independent School District, a rural education system in western Texas, a vital experiment.

Superintendent Scott Muri had

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SpaceX’s Starlink still provides rapid internet speeds in bad weather

  • Users of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet service said how impressed they were with download speeds in snow and high-speed winds on the Reddit Starlink community.
  • One user reported speeds reaching 175 Mbps in the colder air, which is 20 Mbps faster than usual.
  • The Starlink terminal even withstood a user’s 175 mph leafblower.
  • The terminal – or “UFO on a stick” – heats up enough to melt the snow on top of it. But some users said internet speeds drop as the snow initially builds up.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet service gives users rapid speeds reaching 175 Mbps even in high-speed winds, deep snow, and freezing temperatures.

Users of SpaceX’s “Better Than Nothing Beta” test have posted pictures and videos on the Reddit Starlink community proving that the Starlink terminal still works in extreme weather conditions – and in some cases, it’s even faster.

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SpaceX’s Starlink Makes Rural Internet Usable


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Nickolas Friedrich lives in central Montana, where his local broadband connectivity hasn’t been good.

Every month, he pays about $120 for a measly 0.8Mbps download speed from the only DSL provider in town. And his connection can freeze up when too many neighbors are on the service at once. 

As a result, streaming videos isn’t really possible. Instead, it can take an hour to download a low-quality 240p video from YouTube. The situation is so bad Friedrich used to go to the local library to download internet videos to his laptop so he could watch them later. 

But recently, he’s been able to enjoy Netflix and YouTube at home, where the internet speeds can now shoot up as high as 170Mbps. The reason? Starlink, the next-generation satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, that Friedrich has been

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From Painfully Slow to Lightning Fast: SpaceX’s Starlink Makes Rural Internet Usable

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Nickolas Friedrich lives in central Montana, where his local broadband connectivity hasn’t been good.

Every month, he pays about $120 for a measly 0.8Mbps download speed from the only DSL provider in town. And his connection can freeze up when too many neighbors are on the service at once. 

As a result, streaming videos isn’t really possible. Instead, it can take an hour to download a low-quality 240p video from YouTube. The situation is so bad Friedrich used to go to the local library to download internet videos to his laptop so he could watch them later. 

But recently, he’s been able to enjoy Netflix and YouTube at home, where the internet speeds can now shoot up as high as 170Mbps. The reason? Starlink, the next-generation satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, that Friedrich has been helping test out.  

“It has been a lot faster than

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SpaceX’s Starlink: Beta tester reveals more about Elon Musk’s internet from space service

An early Starlink public beta tester has shared his experience of taking his new UFO-on-a-stick terminal dish to a remote area to find out whether the satellite service lives up to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s claims. 

Reddit user Wandering-coder shared his account and a series of photos of Starlink in action with a 300W battery power supply while in remote national forest this week. 

Wandering-coder told Ars Technica that the national forest was in Idaho, where he was getting 120Mbps download speeds in a location that Google Fi’s T-Mobile- and US Cellular-based service doesn’t reach. 

“Works beautifully,” wrote Wondering-coder. “I did a real-time video call and some tests. My power supply is max 300W, and the drain for the whole system while active was around 116W.”

Wandering-coder’s forest experiments test Musk’s statements in July about how easy the end-user terminal dishes are to install and the conditions they needed –

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Early adopters of SpaceX’s Starlink internet share their experience



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SpaceX has begun rolling out beta service of its Starlink internet to early adopters who reported internet speeds higher than 95 percent of the leading providers.

One user found the space broadband is ‘streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering’ and a screen shot from another customer shows latency speed of 38 milliseconds. 

An email sent to a handful of consumers last month attempted to lower their expectations for the ‘Better Than Nothing’ beta service that was said to have data speeds varying from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms – and warned there may be ‘be brief periods of no connectivity at all.’

However, initial connectivity appears to have surpassed expectations and CEO Elon Musk says it ‘will significantly improve soon.’

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Early adopters of SpaceX’s Starlink internet say they are strealing 4K videos ‘with zero buffering’


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20:44 02 Nov 2020, updated 20:44 02 Nov 2020

  • SpaceX is rolling out its Starlink internet to those who signed up in the summer
  • Users are saying it has internet speeds higher than 95% of the leading providers
  • One users said they are streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering
  • Another shared a screenshot showing  latency speed of 38 milliseconds

SpaceX has begun rolling out beta service of its Starlink internet to early adopters who reported internet speeds higher than 95 percent of the leading providers.

One user found the space broadband is ‘streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering’ and a screen shot from another customer shows latency speed of 38 milliseconds. 

An email sent to a handful of consumers last month attempted to lower their expectations for the ‘Better Than Nothing’ beta service that was said to have data speeds varying from 50Mb/s

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SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Internet Speeds Impress Early Beta Testers

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SpaceX’s Starlink is the real deal, according to early test users.

This past weekend, test kits for SpaceX’s satellite internet service began arriving to the first public beta users. And many are reporting that the service is indeed fast. “Starlink is a game changer, before I was getting 0.5-12mb/s (Mbps) now I get 100-160mb/s,” wrote one test user. 

Lucky consumers who received an invite to the Starlink public beta have been posting their early impressions on Reddit after installing the satellite dish system at their homes.

“Streaming 1440p and 4K with zero buffering on YouTube,” wrote one user who previously relied on AT&T to supply 8 to 10Mbps download speeds. 

Another user, who is based in rural Montana, posted a speed test showing his connection reaching 174Mbps—perhaps the highest download speed for Starlink we’ve seen so far. Meanwhile, the latency averaged at 33 milliseconds, which is on

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SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Internet Service Is Fast, But It’ll Cost You

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet project is faster than its retail competitors, according to data from Ookla Speedtest Intelligence. But then again, nobody is really using it yet.

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The first tests from SpaceX’s Starlink internet project show average speeds of up to 70 megabits down, according to exclusive analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data from PCMag.

Starlink beta invites went out this week, but Speedtest Intelligence has been collecting data on it throughout its development period, which they just released to us. The system currently has 895 small, relatively low-flying satellites in the sky and aims to eventually deploy 12,000 of them.

The company quoted speeds of “50Mb/s to 150Mb/s” in a recent email to beta test users, so the results we’re seeing

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SpaceX’s Starlink internet public beta is giving some users blistering download speeds of more than 160 Mbps, including in rural Montana



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  • SpaceX’s public beta test of its Starlink satellite internet is giving some users download speeds of more than 160 megabits per second (Mbps) — faster than 95% of US connections, according to speed test provider Ookla. 
  • One Starlink customer in rural Montana said their download speed was 174 Mbps. “Starlink will forever change the game,” they said.
  • SpaceX said in an October 26 email to beta test subscribers that they should expect speeds between 50 and 150 Mbps, with intermittent outages.
  • Most user speeds fall in that range, according to a list compiled by the Starlink Reddit community.  
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

SpaceX tried to lower expectations when it launched its Starlink satellite internet beta on October 26 — but some users say they’re already hitting download speeds of more than 160 megabits per second, which is faster than

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