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BVI needs better internet (or, at least, less bad). Finally it’s available.

The internet in BVI is just the same as it was in Africa 15 years ago: damn slow, super-expensive, and generally unreliable. Since than Africa taken huge steps forward, and in fact by many measures is the most advanced Fintech society in the world.

With the right vision and leadership, the Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity.

Proper and affordable internet is essential for education, health care, public services and business. BVI’s lousy internet seriously damages the potential of all its citizens. On a daily basis, it also severely depresses their mood.

The Internet provider in BVI is simply way out of date. It uses very old-fashioned technology, that is no longer fit for purpose. (Actually, it never was.)

My recommendation: contact Elon Musk and subscribe to his high-speed Starlight Satellite Internet for all the territory. starlink.com

Starlink is the name of a satellite network that the private spaceflight company SpaceX is developing to provide low-cost internet to remote locations.

It's faster, cheaper, and needs nothing special from the technology point of view; nor does it cross any regulatory barriers.

in fact any BVIlander can install the pizza-size antenna from starlink.com and get the hi speed internet instantly, bypassing any BVI service provider.

SpaceX launched its first two Starlink test craft, named TinTinA and TinTinB, in 2018. The mission went smoothly. Based on initial data, the company asked regulators for its fleet to be allowed to operate at lower altitudes than originally planned, and the FCC agreed.

The first 60 Starlink satellites were launched on May 23, 2019, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The satellites successfully reached their operational altitude of 340 miles (550 kilometers) — low enough to get pulled down to Earth by atmospheric drag in a few years so that they don't become space junk once they die.


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