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Starlink Becoming More Available

60 Starlink satellites stacked together before deployment on 24 May 2019

High-Speed, Low-Latency Broadband Internet Portal is to be Integrated into the Community Buildings and County Park in Cameron County Precinct 1

Emilio Flores
La Feria News

Cameron County Released on March 4th, that they will have Starlink internet services in select areas!

Starlink is a satellite network service that is being developed by the private spaceflight company that we all know in Brownsville as SpaceX. They possess some of the newest, most advanced Broadband Internet Systems out there. I mean, It’s kinda rocket science, right?

According to SpaceX’s website, most satellite internet services, today come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at about 35,000km, while Starlink is a constellation of multiple satellites orbiting much closer to Earth, at about 550km, and cover the entire globe.

Because Starlink satellites are in a low orbit, the round-trip data time between the user and the satellite – also known as latency – is much lower than with satellites in geostationary orbit. This enables Starlink to deliver services like online gaming that are usually not possible on other satellite broadband systems.

Why should we care about Starlink? Well, as we all are aware Russia has been attacking Ukraine, and the war is real. In that Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX sought to help the Ukrainians & tweeted two weeks ago that Starlink satellite internet service was “active in Ukraine” with “more terminals en route,” Starlink has been able to aid Ukraine in staying in communication as Russia continues to attack and hack parts of the Ukrainian Government’s communications. The technological advancements happening with satellite internet are not only great for us, but have been aiding those in desperate need as well!

So, where will the free “weefee” be, and how is this beneficial for our area? Cameron County announced on March 4th, that the integration of Starlink internet services will be available at Pedro “Pete” Benavides County Park, the Bob Clark Social Service Center, and the Public Works Warehouse in Cameron County. They plan to have Starlink up and going.

The Cameron County Commissioner of Precinct 1, Sofia C. Benavides says, “I have been trying to get service to our facilities for 16 years and to have SpaceX choose my area for the first installation is absolutely wonderful.”

She continues by expressing her gratitude, “I am very grateful to SpaceX and look forward to having accessibility in the near future for all those in Precinct 1 that are eager to have connectivity.”

La Feria News has reached out to find out more details on where else we might be seeing internet service by Starlink pop-up in the near future. Cameron County Judge, Eddie Trevino, Jr. says “Currently, the logistics for public use and its respective access are being discussed and finalized. I want to thank the leading space industry, SpaceX for their continued support of the communities in Cameron County,“

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