Starlink Could Be a Game Changer for Rural Communities, Digital Nomads

By Rachel Puryear

If you have ever dreamt of being a digital nomad – that is, someone who works remotely and travels around wherever they want – you might be wondering how you would get internet access in all those beautiful, awesome places you want to visit. And, your concern would be justified – some of the most majestic scenes on the planet are remote, and out of wifi and cell range. However, Starlink’s rollout could be a game changer for worldwide internet access.

Pictures from the International Space Station of SpaceX Starlink satellite “train”, over an aurora.

A constellation of thousands of small satellites in low Earth orbit made by SpaceX now provides capability of internet coverage over parts of the globe, with the goal of eventually providing such everywhere. It is intended in part to provide internet capability to areas where internet service has been limited or non-existent.

Of course, it will take more years and more satellites to achieve the complete goal of worldwide coverage. However, this is starting to offer digital nomads a (relatively) reliable internet option while traveling and staying in remote areas. This could make it easier to stay in forests, parks, deserts, mountains, and other gorgeous places which generally have little to no reception; without having to head for the city so often to find internet access in order to get work done. So, it’s now getting easier to travel and work from anywhere.

Furthermore, this could provide more opportunities for residents and businesses in rural areas, by improving internet access capability for underserved areas. And of course, improved options and access to services for people who need more of them is always a good thing.

Thank you, dear readers, for reading, following, and sharing. Here’s to you thriving and prospering on your terms, so you can do more of what you love with whom you love. xoxo

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