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Elon Musk’s Starlink powers the internet in the remote UK.

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Elon Musk’s satellite is said to be part of a UK effort to bring high-speed internet to remote homes and businesses. Enhanced connectivity packages powered by Starlink technology are part of the government’s plan to give everyone access to reliable coverage. In low-Earth orbit, he will deploy more than 3,000 small satellites to test how they can help dozens of “extremely hard-to-reach” locations. These are his 12th-century Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park, Wasdale Head in the Lake District, and Snowdonia National Park. After testing, the government will assess the feasibility of using the technology.

Recent tests have shown that Starlink satellites can provide internet speeds of up to 200 megabits per second in many locations. This is four times faster than the current UK average of just over 50 Mbps, said the Ministry for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport. Digital Secretary Michelle Donnellan said satellites could be the “answer” for connecting isolated locations and are “critical” to the government’s upgrade plans.
“These trials aim to solve the prohibitively high costs of laying cables in remote areas.”

Broadband signals emitted by relatively low-flying satellites are an effective way for remote areas to obtain high-speed Internet access, especially when copper wires can’t reach them. Starlink was essential to keeping the Ukrainian military and people online

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