If you live in a rural or semi-rural area, you’re probably keeping your eye on SpaceX’s Starlink. Starlink is a new satellite internet service that uses low-earth orbit satellites to provide high-speed, low latency satellite internet. It is currently available in select locations within the US, Canada, and the UK. If you don’t have access to cable, fiber, or other land-based broadband internet services, then Starlink satellite internet is a great option for you. But the question arises: can I get it for free?
Probably not. The cost of sending thousands (yes, thousands!) of satellites into space isn’t a cheap project for SpaceX. And seeing that they are trying to make a profit, free service is unlikely. Starlink internet is currently coming in at $99 per month, with a $499 one-time equipment fee, a $50 shipping and handling fee, and then sales tax on top of that. Included in that total is a $99 deposit that you will have to put down to reserve your service. This deposit is fully refundable if you ever change your mind about signing up for Starlink. There may be government assistance programs that could help reduce the cost for low-income families, and Starlink has provided free internet for one rural community in the past, so free service isn’t impossible, but the chances are you’re going to have to pay for it yourself. Visit the Starlink website to sign up today.
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