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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Reaching for the Star(link)

High-speed satellite internet may be the future for Columbia County residents, and a former Dayton resident is an early adopter and advocate.

 

March 25, 2021

Phillip McKeen

Courtesy of Phillip McKeen A map of McKeen's cell, or service area. Starlink will assign each person a unique cell area. The blue dot is roughly where McKeen put his service address when he signed up for the beta.The blue area has full quality service; within 30% of current max speed of 100mbps down. The yellow area is where McKeen consistently sees reduced speed (as low as 25%, ~25mbps). The red area has intermittent signals, resulting in a couple seconds of outage every few minutes.

High-speed satellite internet may be the future for Columbia County residents, and a former Dayton resident is an early adopter and advocate.

DAYTON-Self-proclaimed techie Phillip McKeen, of Walla Walla, may have a solution for rural households who may not have access to reliable internet connection.

"Growing up in Dayton, with very limited internet options, I saw the value of Starlink when it came available," said McKeen. "When they opened it up for sign up, I signed up with my parents address, just so I could get the equipment, see how it works, and help other people understand how it wo...



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