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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink broadband satellites

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink broadband satellites

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its 14th group of 60 satellites from Florida under blue skies Sunday for the company's Starlink broadband network, which is approaching a full-scale public trial period. Liftoff occurred on time at 8:25 a.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch boosted the number of satellites in orbit to nearly 800. After the previous Starlink launch Oct. 6, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch would soon allow it to "roll out a fairly wide public" test in the northern United States and "hopefully" in southern Canada. "Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval," Musk wrote. The company said emergency responders in northern Washington State had used the Starlink servic...
SpaceX plans Starlink broadband satellite launch Sunday morning

SpaceX plans Starlink broadband satellite launch Sunday morning

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch its 14th group of about 60 satellites from Florida on Sunday morning for the company's Starlink broadband network, which is approaching a full-scale public trial period. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:25 a.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch would boost the number of satellites in orbit to nearly 800. After the previous Starlink launch Oct. 6, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch would soon allow it to "roll out a fairly wide public" test in the northern United States and "hopefully" in southern Canada. "Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval," Musk wrote. The company said emergency responders in northern Washington State had u...
Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020: ‘Covid-critical’ broadband engineers awarded

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020: ‘Covid-critical’ broadband engineers awarded

Technology
The centre, which had been mothballed, was suddenly needed again, as demand for food and other goods soared, with people panic-buying in the face of a forthcoming lockdown. The warehouse needed new cabling and a taskforce of engineers to fit it. Typically, such a job would take two months to complete - but it was finished in two days.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Ofcom broadband compensation scheme in record payout

Ofcom broadband compensation scheme in record payout

Technology
A record £20.7m in compensation was paid to broadband customers who used a new scheme to complain about their service in the last six months of 2019.The scheme, which does not necessitate formal claims, paid out for delays in repairs and setting up new connections and missed appointments.Ofcom said just £8m was paid to customers in the first six months of 2019, before the scheme was introduced. Yet 85% of customers were reportedly satisfied with their broadband service.The watchdog's annual report showed Plusnet customers to be the most satisfied with their broadband - and TalkTalk users the least.Nine in 10 mobile mobile customers said they were happy with their phone service.Tesco Mobile users reported higher-than-average satis
Gigabit broadband: Rural households urged to claim upgrade cash

Gigabit broadband: Rural households urged to claim upgrade cash

Technology
The government is urging struggling rural broadband customers to apply for cash it has set aside to pay for ultra high-speed connections.Digital Minister Matt Warman said £70m is "still there for the taking".The gigabit voucher scheme is part of the government's election pledge to bring broadband speeds of up to 1,000Mbps to the whole country by 2025.It says nearly half a million homes have been connected with the help of government subsidies.The average UK broadband speed is around 64Mbps (megabits per second), according to the latest Ofcom figures.Mr Warman said the 2025 target was ambitious and he could commit only to "getting as close as we can"."We're talking about a target that's five years away. We are absolutely confident