Best Satellite Internet Providers of 2023

There are few broadband options other than satellite internet if you live in a rural or remote area. Let CNET help you examine your choices.

It’s not breaking news that many in rural America lack adequate internet access. There’s disagreement on the exact numbers, but a growing chorus of voices agrees the US has work to do to increase and expand its internet infrastructure. The good news? The White House aims to make our internet connections less expensive by partnering with ISPs in conjunction with the government’s Affordable Connectivity Program.

n the meantime, satellite internet is the one broadband connection type currently available to people in the rural areas of all 50 states. It doesn’t match the internet speed capabilities of fiber or cable ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธconnections. Still, satellite broadband can play a key role when internet access is vital (and the pandemic has shed light on just how critical it is). But which of the satellite internet providers is best?

Frankly, there aren’t many choices out there. But here’s what you’ll find when you explore satellite internet access, starting with a quick look at how the best satellite internet providers compare.

Let’s dig a little deeper to see what each satellite internet provider brings to the table.

What’s on the horizon for satellite internet providers?
Stay tuned to CNET for the latest developments with Starlink as it presses further into its plans and aims to expand its coverage. ์•ˆ์ „ํ•œ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

According to Ookla speed test data from Q3 of 2022, Starlink was a clear winner as the fastest satellite provider on average. Its median download speed in the US was 53Mbps, while Viasat was a distant second place with 28Mbps download speeds. HughesNet brought up the rear at 21Mbps download speed. It’s safe to say that Starlink is beginning to change expectations of how satellite internet can perform.

It should also be mentioned that further disruption may come from another multibillionaire, Jeff Bezos, as Amazon’s Project Kuiper also aims to enter the field. While nowhere near the stage that Starlink has achieved thus far, Project Kuiper did turn some heads when its prototype delivered speeds up to 400Mbps in recent iterations. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ ์ถ”์ฒœ

Innovations from low Earth orbit satellites will be just one piece of the puzzle of better delivering the internet to the millions of households still unable to find a reliable broadband source. We’ll keep this post updated as your options (hopefully) improve.

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