BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – The pandemic has shed a light on what happens when Vermonters don’t have access to reliable internet. Students learning remotely can’t do their classes easily and parents working from home struggle to get their jobs done. While the state has taken a number of steps to address the problem, one possible solution is Starlink, the brainchild of Elon Musk and his company SpaceX. We found out some Vermonters are already testing it.
Around the back of Tom Evslin’s house in Stowe are breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield, and half-buried in snow, a tiny dish.
The setup, just a couple feet off the ground, is Evslin’s new internet service provider — Starlink. The company’s network of low-orbit satellites promises out-of-this-world speeds to residents in rural areas who are fed up with slow internet and a lack of options. “Getting the kind of internet access I want has been a struggle since we moved here in 2004,” Evslin said. “The first that I heard a beta was available — which was a couple months ago — I put my name on the list.”
Evslin’s dish arrived at the end of January and he says the installation was a cinch. “It’s spookily easy to install,” he said. He says the dish has a small motor inside so it aims itself to find satellites in the sky. The hardest part was figuring out how to run a wire into