The Mega Disruption: Satellite Constellations and Space-based Internet

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Sep 11, 2020 | Center for International Governance Innovation, Eytan Tepper, Jean-Frédéric Morin

With four billion people around the world lacking access to broadband internet, the potential market for space-based internet services is huge, as is the potential effect of providing access in remote places. Eytan Tepper and Jean-Frédéric Morin argue in this article for the Center for International Governance Innovation that the reduction in the size and cost of hardware permits the provision of space-based internet using constellations of satellites in low Earth orbit. As services could be provided directly to the end-user, without a domestic intermediary, however, local routing would significantly reduce governments’ ability to censor or limit the access of their citizens to the internet, making it likely that some governments will oppose such a project.


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