When you ask SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk a question on Twitter, he just might reply. That’s what happened to Canadian internet user @VinterNix, a Bell DSL customer.
On Thursday morning, the Bell customer asked Musk if he could skip the Starlink internet line as his service provider was “once again raising my rural DSL price.” Naturally, Musk replied to bring hope to @VinterNix.
“Hey @elonmusk, @Bell is once again raising my rural dsl price, yet doing nothing to improve the same old shitty service…already placed my deposit order for #Starlink …throw me a bone and jump me in line? For the love of all that is technical greatness PLEASE!!! lmao,” said @VinterNix, tossing in a class “please sir, may I have some more” GIF for good measure.
Musk replied simply with, “coming soon!”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2021
For Canadian internet users in rural areas, they continue to face challenges with download speeds and high-speed internet access. Starlink internet beta is currently available in Canada, along with the U.S. and the UK.
According to @VinterNix, Bell is charging gigabit pricing for download speeds of 5 Mbps and upload of under 1 Mbps. Gigabit internet costs $119.95 CAD ($96.07 USD) per month from Bell.
Naw, @Bell didn't give a shit, they don't care about their customers or else they wouldn't be charging gigabit pricing for 5/.6 Mbps dsl
— VinterNix (@VinterNix) March 19, 2021
Canadians need to pay the local price of $649 CAD for Starlink hardware, plus a $129 CAD per month fee for internet with unlimited bandwidth. Some rural users in Canada, such as those in Nelson, B.C., have seen download speeds of up to 392 Mbps, compared to just 2-3 Mbps download from local provider Telus.
Starlink was able to transform the indigenous community of Pikangikum in Canada, with the latter the first users of the satellite internet service.
Those seeking to access SpaceX Starlink internet can click here to sign up and get service on a first-come, first-served basis.