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Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« on: April 04, 2019, 15:18:42 »
If this comes together, I am sure the CRTC will get it blocked to protect Cdn Telcoms.

Anyone who shops on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com, ever notice the big price differences that are a lot more than just the dollar exchange? Any item I have looked at are very pricey.

https://www.cnet.com/news/project-kuiper-amazon-is-planning-a-massive-satellite-project-to-bring-internet-access-to-millions/?ftag=CAD090e536&bhid=24948771911395918399559527629946

New Satellite Plan - 4 Apr 19
      Amazon's already conquered Earth. Now it wants space as well?

Amazon is in the early stages of an ambitious plan to create a 3,236-satellite project that would beam broadband internet access worldwide to millions of people. The company on Thursday confirmed the existence of the program, called Project Kuiper, which was first reported by GeekWire.

"Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world," an Amazon spokesperson said Thursday. "This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision."

The project seems to follow Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' broad vision of developing more infrastructure in space, especially through his space travel and rocket company, Blue Origin. However, the spokesperson said Project Kuiper is an Amazon effort, not Blue Origin's. In fact, Blue Origin, is already partnered with satellite operator Telesat on a separate effort to create a broadband internet satellite project.

Project Kuiper is among a handful of big-concept efforts to expand internet access to more people. SpaceX, Elon Musk's space travel company, is already developing Starlink, a similar project to create a satellite-based internet service that would also rely on thousands of low-orbit satellites. Facebook, too, is working on ways to bring internet access to millions of people through its Facebook Connectivity projects. The name Project Kuiper likely refers to Gerard Kuiper, an astronomer and the namesake of the Kuiper Belt, which is a collection of ice bodies past Neptune's orbit.

The effort likely shows that Amazon wants to avoid being left out of the race to be an internet service provider to many more people. It also illustrates that the e-commerce giant remains hungry to expand into new industries, after it already grew in cloud computing, TV production, robotics and delivery drones.

The spokesperson declined to say who came up with the orbital ISP initiative or when it began, but noted that it's still early days for the project and that it will take years for broadband service to become available. The project came to light after the Federal Communications Commission last week filed paperwork on Amazon's behalf the International Telecommunication Union.

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Re: Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 15:44:31 »

This is what the Kingsmen were fighting against.

If you saw the movie you'll know what I am talking about. 
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Re: Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2019, 15:52:02 »
This is what the Kingsmen were fighting against.

If you saw the movie you'll know what I am talking about.

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Re: Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2019, 17:53:17 »

Anyone who shops on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com, ever notice the big price differences that are a lot more than just the dollar exchange? Any item I have looked at are very pricey.


Yep, .ca is often a lot more and then you try to buy the item via .com to save money and it won't ship to Canada...
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Re: Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2019, 21:22:39 »
Yep, .ca is often a lot more and then you try to buy the item via .com to save money and it won't ship to Canada...

One of the benefits of living close to the border is that there are companies in Port Huron who, for a few dollars, provide you with a shipping address in the US. Even when Amazon.com ships to Canada the shipping charges are very high while in the US, not so much--even with the price of gas to drive there and the bridge toll.

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Re: Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2019, 22:18:14 »
One of the benefits of living close to the border is that there are companies in Port Huron who, for a few dollars, provide you with a shipping address in the US. Even when Amazon.com ships to Canada the shipping charges are very high while in the US, not so much--even with the price of gas to drive there and the bridge toll.

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Yep, .ca is often a lot more and then you try to buy the item via .com to save money and it won't ship to Canada...


This may interest you guys... it's very cost effective. No sign up fees, only pay for what you ship etc.
https://www.viabox.com

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P.s it is more beneficial for us west coasters.. but still it may help.

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Re: Amazon's Worldwide Broadband Internet Access Plan
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2019, 11:43:39 »
One item I recently purchased was $20, delivered, on A.com. On A.ca it was $35 + taxes (don't know delivery costs). Exact same item.

Home Depot store in US, a electrical plug $10, less 10% military discount. HD Canada same item $20, no discount.

A vehicle I am looking at, imported from the UK: US freight and PDI is $1025, Canada it's $2822. Base price is $10,000 more.

Even after converting USD to Cdn @ $1.34 there is big price difference.

Grocery prices are very low compared to Canada.

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