Aereo founder Chet Kanojia has a new company named Starry, and it's about to shake up the broadband service industry in a huge way.
The internet has changed nearly every aspect of modern life, but the actual infrastructure that makes the internet available has remained relatively untouched for a long time. According to a report from TechCrunch, however, Aereo founder Chet Kanojia is about to change that in a serious way.
Kanojia has a new company called Starry, and it could cause serious disruption in the broadband service industry. As prices from massive communications companies like Comcast and Time Warner continue to rise, people are becoming more open to the idea of getting their Internet service from another place.
Starry Internet wants to cover every component of delivering broadband service by using millimeter wave technology. This allows for the wireless delivery of broadband service up to 1 GB speeds.
“It costs the cable guys around $2,500 per home to deal with the construction costs of laying cable down. And beyond cost, there are regulatory hurdles that slow down the process,” said Kanojia. “We can deliver faster broadband with no regulatory wait time and it will cost us only $25 per home.”
Kanojia did not reveal the cost of Starry service, but he did say that it would offer different tiers based on speed. The CEO did seem confident, however, that Starry Internet service would be “orders of magnitude” less expensive than current popular providers like Comcast and Time Warner. In addition to the lower cost, Starry promised to never place a data cap on service.
Millimeter wave band active phased array technology begins with a central or “city” node that is placed on a rooftop, called a Starry Beam. Using the 30GHz+ spectrum, the Starry Beam provides broadband Internet wirelessly by sending millimeter waves out to homes that can receive it.
The receiver, or “Starry Point,” is placed outside of your window and transmits broadband via a wired connection to the company’s redesigned wireless router, the Starry Station.
The technology making wireless broadband possible has been available for years, but Starry has reimagined it in a way that could seriously shake up the Internet service industry.
A press release from Starry describing the new service can be found here.