Satellite Broadband

Satellites are effectively small autonomous space stations that are launched into orbit (space) around our planet and used as specialised wireless transceivers (receiver/transmitters) to relay information between different points on the ground. Their high altitude above the Earth gives them 100% coverage of the UK, which is especially useful in remote rural areas.

UK government’s Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts (Conservative MP for Havant), has said that Satellite broadband ISP services will indeed become an “essential means” of deliver faster internet access into rural communities.

David Willetts was responding to a parliamentary question from Harriett Baldwin, the Conservative MP for West Worcestershire, whom wanted to know what role Satellite broadband solutions could play in delivering internet access into rural areas within her constituency.

David Willetts responded:

We see Satellite broadband as an essential means to deliver faster internet access for rural communities, businesses and individuals. Everywhere in Britain can therefore access broadband via satellite. This is an issue we regularly discuss with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

We got an excellent outcome from the European Space Agency ministerial last month. Britain is now the leader of the ARTES 2 programme for the development of the next generation telecommunications platform. It is great to see British businesses taking a lead here, and this will increase broadband speeds and reduce costs for UK users in rural and remote areas, making satellite broadband even more accessible.”

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