Satellite-based Internet not adequate to fill broadband gap, says RuMBA report

In areas where service providers can't reach consumers and businesses must use wireline-based broadband satellite service, some service providers are leveraging to bridge the broadband gap.

However, a new study issued by the Rural Mobile and Broadband Alliance (RuMBA) USA argues that satellite broadband can't match up to traditional wireline (DSL and Fiber to the Home) and wireless-based technologies.

RuMBA USA argues in its new white paper "Satellite Internet Connection for Rural Broadband: Is it a viable alternative to wired and wireless connectivity for America's rural communities?" that high latency, capacity limits and cost are the three factors that inhibit satellite services from being able to support both high bandwidth services including video streaming and even standard VPN services.

"Satellite Internet is amazing technology but a poor substitute for cable, fiber, or DSL," says the report's author Stephen Cobb, CISSP, a RuMBA member in rural New York state.

For more:
- see the release

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