Satellite internet is most commonly used by individuals who live in rural areas, usually places where DSL, cable, and fiber internet connections are not available.
How does satellite internet work?
Satellite internet provides the ability to receive and transmit data from a relatively small satellite dish on Earth, and communicate that data with an orbiting geostationary satellite. The geostationary satellite is approx. 22,300 miles above Earth’s equator. That orbiting satellite is able to receive and transmit the sent information to a specific location on Earth – called the NOC (short for Network Operations Center). The NOC is connected to the internet, thus all communications made from a satellite dish to the orbiting satellite flow through the NOC, all before it reaches the internet.
Think of it this way: From the standpoint of the internet user, data communications made through the satellite are not much different from someone using a land-based data provider. The main idea to remember, is that once the satellite system is configured by the installer, said satellite service will act nearly identical to how any other ISP would – and can be configured as such. In other words, satellite internet is a service type that beams data from your provider, to a satellite in space, and then finally to a dish – located at your home/apartment.
As previously stated, satellite internet is the best option for households who are unable to use DSL, cable, or fiber internet due to the area in which they live.