Elon Musk’s idea of populating the world and disadvantaged areas with high-speed Internet brought with it Starlink, the satellite connection network that is slowly beginning to be felt. In this opportunity, the Brazilian government has sat down to talk with the founder of Space X to bring connectivity to the Amazon Rainforest.
Providing internet in this region would provide the possibility of connecting and communicating with local indigenous communities, remote schools and health centers, which would bring endless benefits to society through technology, but at the same time would play a fundamental role fighting for sustainability in the area.
However, beyond all these advantages, being able to use Starlink’s high-speed connections to monitor any illegal deforestation activity will impose necessary controls to conserve one of the natural lungs of planet Earth, as the indiscriminate felling of trees has affected the region.
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“We are working to close this important partnership between the Brazilian government and SpaceX. We want to combine the technology developed by them with the Wi-Fi Brazil program of the Ministry of Communications. Our goal is to bring internet to rural areas and remote places, as well as to help control fires and deforestations,” said Fábio Faria, Minister of Communications of Brazil through an official statement.
Elon Musk was also pleased to have the opportunity to participate on a large project that benefits remote places and their vegetation, which are important for life on Earth. “We hope to bring connectivity to underserved people in Brazil. With better connectivity, we can help ensure the preservation of the Amazon.”
Using advanced satellites on a low orbit, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite Internet. During the beta version, users will see speeds between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps and latency as low as 20ms in most locations.
Written by | Ronald Ortega