SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, sent some Canadians wild this afternoon, after he emphasized Canada is a “major priority” for his upcoming Starlink high-speed satellite internet service.
Canadian journalist Peter Nowak had tweeted about his recent article in The Star, citing how rural Canadians were excited to use high-speed internet from Starlink.
Musk, known to be active on Twitter, replied to Nowak to say, “Canada is a major priority for Starlink!”
Canada is a major priority for Starlink!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 24, 2020
Furthermore, Musk clarified Toronto would be part of the initial launch, but emphasized the Starlink internet service “works best for low population density situations.” Musk also said the service is “designed to serve the least-served.”
The Starlink internet service utilizes low-earth orbit satellites (LEO) and is set to launch in Canada and the U.S. this year sometime. Musk says Starlink internet would be easy to set up out of the box and be capable of gigabit download speeds. Starlink has 540 LEO satellites up in the skies already and recently 58 more launched just over a week ago.
Starlink applied for a telecom license via the CRTC on May 20 and public comments of support for the project have numbered just over 1,800.
Earlier in June, the Starlink website was updated to allow sign ups to be notified of beta testing and other updates.