Internet Everywhere

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, plans to provide internet to the entire world.

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Rachel Anton

Ananya Singh

Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and the CEO of successful companies that focus on building electric vehicles and orbital rockets.

In 2015, he began Starlink, a satellite internet constellation dedicated to providing internet to the whole world by increasing the number of satellites orbiting the planet. This venture can benefit citizens in remote and rural areas, opening up many opportunities.

Having internet connections in rural areas could benefit kids because they can access a wider variety of recreational activities. The only fun thing to do would be to hang out with their friends; however, with the internet, they could access educational apps such as Minecraft and Scratch. These apps expand creativity, programming skills, and much more. Another reason why having the internet connection is beneficial is because kids could gain more knowledge through educational youtube videos.

Adults from rural areas could benefit from this because it offers more job opportunities on the internet. Specific jobs require work from home, such as tutoring people online. They can also have a faster way of accessing global news and weather forecasts. In Musk’s own words, over 2,000 Starlink satellites are orbiting overhead as of January 2022, and they are aiming to send 40,000 more. So far, the services have already shipped 100,000 satellite terminals to customers. Data speeds fluctuate from 50 to 150 gigabytes, and latency varies from 20 to 40 milliseconds to most locations.

The cost of this usage is $99 per month with tax and fees, with an initial payment of $499 for the satellite dish and router for homes. The cost stays the same regardless of the country.

There is still a long way to go, as SpaceX wants at least 40,000 more satellites overhead because global coverage requires thousands of satellites.

The world is progressing rapidly, especially with Elon Musk’s achievements to make the world more advanced and more accessible. There is still a long way to go, as SpaceX wants at least 40,000 more satellites overhead because global coverage requires thousands of satellites.