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Can satellite internet break the splinternet?

Tim Fernholz
A stack of SpaceX Starlink satellites awaits deployment in low-earth orbit.
A stack of SpaceX Starlink satellites awaits deployment in low-earth orbit.

In the abstract, the internet is a zone of digital freedom. In practice, the messy physicality of the internet—all those cables and server farms and transceivers—give states plenty of control. But what if the internet took to the stars? If the hardware behind all the bits was in orbit, it might be harder for governments…

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