It is an effective remote communications and connectivity alternative, but obviously not for the vast majority of Internet cruisers since it is expensive and can be comparatively slow as compared with cable and DSL connections. A far less expensive alternative would be cellular-based connections, since you wouldn't have to deal with the specialized routers, necessary signal accelerators and amplifier, and the expensive satellite link time. Then again, if Tom Hanks had access to such a system when he was stranded on that island with an unopened FedEx package and Wilson the basketball, it world have made for a very quick rescue and short movie.
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