Elon Musk’s Starlink offers fast internet connections to rural Canadians. But it’s not cheap

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When Vernon Kejick got a first taste of Starlink satellite internet on the Pikangikum First Nation, his initial review was succinct. “All I can say is it’s a lot faster than what I had before,” he said. Kejick’s response highlights a long-running disparity that may finally have met a resolution. Starlink, the new high-speed internet service provided by Elon Musk’s U.S.-based SpaceX firm, and recently approved by the CRTC, does have drawbacks. It’s expensive. And stargazers fear it will ruin the night sky. But for users in rural and remote areas who’ve long struggled to obtain internet access on equal footing with Canadians in urban areas, Starlink is offering hope. The service was recently made available to select users for “beta testing,” with the promise of wider availability in 2021.

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