Starlink has been a blessing for people living in rural areas of the globe. Because the network’s satellites orbit much closer to earth the latency (“ping”) is comparable to fiber (and will be better than fiber at some point). It has helped bring remote medicine and education to communities and can be used to circumvent censorship.
Soon, the service will be available on planes, after a test by Delta Air Lines. If you have ever used airplane wifi you know how tight the data caps are and how slow it is. That’s because you’re sharing a single link to a satellite in “geostationary” orbit, much higher than Starlink’s, meaning signals simply take longer to reach them resulting in lag. With Starlink on board that will soon be over.
Check out the Wall Street Journal article below.