Jerry makes excellent points in this post.
Although I live outside of Washington, DC, with a 30 Mbps internet connection and all sorts of information feeds, when I travel to remote parts of the world, I see Outernet’s relevance. Even here in North America, there are “dark territories” (areas with no satellite TV or cellular service) - - surprise!!
The previous L-band system worked flawlessly there, and was a real game changer. No doubt the current Ku-band will also be a game changer, but it has to be flushed out. By that I mean antennas, pointing, tracking, etc. have to tried in those areas.
@Seasalt, in the Philippines, reports much greater usage of cellular phones with 3G and LTE access at costs lower than a $100 Outernet package are happening now. How will that play out in other parts of the world?
So maybe 4 billion people don’t have internet access - - only 2 billion which is still allot. Ken