The Economic Perspective: “Achieving Internet for All”
Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at achieving internet for all. Mike, Covid-19 has dramatically increased the use of home internet, both for work and for education. Yet a commonly heard concern is the lack of high-speed internet connections in many of our small town and rural areas. Is technology being developed that could make this easier?
Mike: Summary Answer
- It’s likely internet in low density areas won’t be provided by cable lines
- Instead, will be provided by low orbiting satellites
- Concept has been around since the 1990s
- But recently Elon Musk with SpaceX has been involved
- Also rumored Amazon may consider it
- The technology and economics aren’t there yet
- But experts think eventually will
- Benefit – each satellite can cover miles of area
- I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.