When satellite operators announced plans to launch and operate Ka-band satellites that allow for high-speed Internet access with small antennas, it was expected that low cost portable Internet terminals to uplink live or file transfer edited news feeds from remote locations would become available. Unfortunately, this hasn't happened yet. Intelsat's BGAN service, while expensive, may be a viable, albeit expensive, alternative. In 2006, will satellite operators use their Ka-band spectrum for transmitting HDTV programming and other TV programming, or will we see one of them introduce satellite Internet at a price point competitive with DSL or cable Internet services?
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