Re: Satellite CU-SeeMe

Carol J Qazi (
Fri, 26 May 1995 23:06:43 -0700 (PDT)

This satellite stuff sounded good until I went the web page and read the
small print. I did a rough calculation to
figure out how much it would run and I came up with an absurdly high
figure. It certainly is not something for the "average" user. Perhaps,
high-powered corporate executives could pay for it and use the service to
their benefit.

Satellite technology is still expensive. Building the things and putting
them into orbit is costly and a few companies have a monopololy. When
the Japanase start mass producing satellites and put them out there in a
veritable Milky Way, then we can all have
accounts on them to up-link with other people around the world.

On Fri, 26 May 1995, Little Robbie Burcham wrote:

> On Fri, 26 May 1995 wrote:
> > At 01:14 PM 5/25/95 PDT, David R. Seay wrote:
> > >A new service is available that provides access to the Internet via
> > >satellite (see ). Data can
> > >be received at speeds up to 400kbps via a satellite dish. Maybe this
> > >could turn into a good way to broadcast CU-SeeMe videoconferences?
> > >Just something to look into.
> >
> > >From that web page, it appears that Hughes/GM is charging for useage.
> > They seem to have a limit of 130MB/month for the most expensive plan.
> > If you only use CUSM and limit yourself to 100Kbps (watching only
> > 2 others users at 50Kbps each) you could run for:
> > 130MB*8b(/B)/100Kb/S = 10400 Seconds per month = 2.9 hours per month.
> >
> > Hmmm. I still like ISDN at the same rate without a monthly limit.
> Not to mention the fact that the satellite is receive-only. That is, you
> get a satellite feed of up to 800 kb/s, but all of your sending is done
> through SLIP/PPP to an 800 # terminal server.
> _______________________________________________________________________________
> Rob Burcham - BS, Computer Science
> University of Kansas "He's nuts! Somebody grab him!"
> Department of Special Education