Broadband Available at South Pole

But not at my house in Wickenburg, AZ.

According to Wired, high speed broadband Internet access is now available at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Can someone please explain to me why my Bluewire Internet connection at home — the only “high speed” connection available to me here — clocks in at a whopping 220 kbps? In Wickenburg, AZ? Right here in the U.S.A?

I’m a bit closer to the backbone here, no?

6 thoughts on “Broadband Available at South Pole

  1. Don’t feel TOO bad, Maria. We’re still in New Jersey and paying taxes that could choke a whole team of horses, yet I had to buy a broadband card because the only service at my house is dial-up. Even the cable around here is one-way.

  2. Taxes is one of the reasons we left New Jersey 11 years ago. I’m thinking about a broadband card via Verizon. That’ll solve my Internet problem wherever I go. Or almost.

    But I sure wish Qwest would get off their butts and bring DSL to the houses out on my end of town.

  3. If you get a card, run it with the software that is native to Tiger, as the Verizon bloatware exhibited anomolous behavior on my MBP, and is a resource hog.

    By the way, we should be Wickenburg residents in a couple months!!

  4. As the former IT Lead at the South Pole, I can tell you if you, the South Pole satellite link is fragile. Three ancient satellites used together over two different dishes (one 9 meter and one 3m meter dish). But if that works right we get T1 speeds for almost 11 hours a day. Let’s just say there are plenty of days it doesn’t. I’d rather have 220kps 24/7.

  5. I live in Wickenburg also. The only broadband service that I have found is “Wild Blue” satellite which works fine albeit slower than DSL but much, much better than dial-up. Uploads around 250 and downloads 400-500 or so.

What do you think?