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DEFINITION: StarBand is a broadband Internet service provider (ISP) that uses geostationary satellites to provide always-on connection independent of other media. Established in late 2000, StarBand was the first widely-available service for the general public that made use of satellite links for both upstream and downstream data.StarBand connection requires a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port or an Ethernet card,  … 
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BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDERS DEFINITION (continued): …  a special modem, a dish antenna measuring approximately 2 feet high by 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep, and two coaxial cables that run between the dish and the modem. Professional installation is recommended. Upstream data speeds, at the time of writing, were reported by users as 30 to 100 kilobits per second (Kbps), with 50 Kbps being typical. Downstream data speeds depend on the Web site visited, the complexity of downloaded pages, and the time of day. Normal downloads range from 150 Kbps to 500 Kbps.Because StarBand uses a satellite for both the upstream and the downstream links, the latency is … 
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