HughesNet “Gen5” Satellite Internet Service – Coming April 1st!

Ever since satellite internet provider HughesNet launched its 5th generation satellite in December, we’ve been eagerly awaiting details around the service plans, pricing, and when the next generation service would roll out. But so far all HughesNet has teased the world with is this: “EchoStar XIX, the world’s highest-capacity broadband satellite, will power HughesNet Gen5, the next […]

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SpaceX Launches First Wave of Iridium Next Satellite Constellation Into Orbit

SpaceX this past weekend launched the first ten satellites of the upgraded Iridium Next satellite constellation, the first step in replacing the decades-old Iridium service with something more advanced and capable. The current Iridium constellation was launched between 1997 and 2002, and is best known for enabling satellite telephones that work anywhere on the globe. But […]

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EchoStar 19 Launches from Cape Canaveral, A Huge Step for Mobile Satellite Internet

On Sunday afternoon, the long awaited EchoStar 19 satellite built for HughesNet launched from Cape Canaveral Florida after a few delays. The launch is exciting news for RVers awaiting the next potential viable option for mobile satellite internet. In Summer 2015, RTC Communications announced they were working with HughesNet to allow mobility with their KA-band […]

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ViaSat Announces Plans to Build World’s Highest Capacity Satellite

Satellite broadband company ViaSat (the company behind consumer brands Exede and WildBlue) yesterday announced plans for its third generation satellite network. The new ViaSat-3 design will have an amazing Terrabit/second of total network capacity, which should be capable of providing “100+ Mbps broadband to any home” with support for 4K ultra-high-definition video streaming, and even faster […]

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2015 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review

2015 has been a fabulous year for keeping connected on the road – with technology options, speeds, and coverage all getting better than ever. This is our end-of-year quick update on the state of the RV mobile internet world – chronicling some of the major changes that happened in 2015, and giving a glimpse at what we’re most looking forward […]

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Another New RV Satellite Internet Option – Mobile HughesNet Ka-Band from RTC

The state of satellite internet for RVers has been downright depressing the past few years – with prices rising, mobile-friendly services shutting down, and all the exciting new developments in satellite being fixed location only, or at best years away. But this summer, suddenly things are getting exciting again. First up was the debut of the brand new […]

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AT&T Completes Acquisition of DirecTV

AT&T has at last received FCC and DOJ approval for its $48.5 billion dollar acquisition of satellite TV giant DirecTV, announcing yesterday that the deal had closed after over a year of government scrutiny and negotiations. AT&T’s wired U-Verse TV and DirecTV satellite subscribers add up to 26 million customers – making the newly combined company the largest pay TV […]

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StarBand Satellite Internet Shutting Down

While researching the newest satellite internet option for RVers this week – the RV DataSAT 840 and the accompanying Insta-Sat service, I surfed around to check on the latest updates on the older options. When I checked in on StarBand, I was dismayed to see this notice posted on the website: We regret to inform you […]

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A New RV Satellite Internet Option – RV DataSAT 840 Antenna & Insta-Sat Service

From 2001 till roughly around 2010, the ultimate connectivity for high-end RVs was provided by motorized auto-aiming roof-mounted MotoSat satellite internet systems. Just park with a clear view of the southern sky, press a button, and you would be online a few minutes later – no matter where you were. The initial system cost was expensive ($10,000+), […]

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OneWeb Partners With Airbus To Provide Satellite Internet “To Everyone, Everywhere”

Satellite internet startup OneWeb took a major step forward this week – announcing that it has entered into a joint venture with European aerospace giant Airbus to mass produce 900 low earth orbit micro-sized satellites designed to bring “Internet to everyone, everywhere on Earth.” OneWeb has an incredibly ambitious plan to set up a satellite assembly line […]

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Drone Warfare: Facebook to Battle SpaceX and Google With Laser Internet Drones

SpaceX isn’t the only company with crazily ambitious plans to bring the Internet to the remote corners of the globe. Facebook announced yesterday that it has completed the first test flight of a high-altitude laser-equipped Internet drone. Yes, really. Facebook has drones. With lasers. Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Wall yesterday: As part of our Internet.org […]

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Elon Musk Plans Global Satellite Broadband – On Earth, and Mars

Elon Musk hosted an event this evening opening up a new SpaceX office in Seattle – the future home for his as-yet-unnamed hugely ambitious Space Internet venture. The SpaceX communication network will involve hundreds of satellites working together, swarming in low earth orbit 750 miles up. At this altitude, satellite data will have the potential to […]

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“Virtually Unlimited” Satellite Internet Arrives, Disappoints Mobile Users

Satellite internet tends to be all about limitations – slow, capped, and often very expensive. So it is little wonder that a lot of RVers were excited by the news this week about new service plans from ViaSat’s Exede division — offering “virtually unlimited” 12Mbps internet service for just $70/month. Wow! But… Exede is a […]

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