AbstractMonkeyBrains is a local ISP in San Francsico. North Korea just launched a satellite; we want to as well.
The Cost Breakdown of Launching a Satellite
A quick internet search reveals that this is the cost for getting a satellite into orbit:
- Satellite manufacture: $150M
- Satellite launch: $120M
- Launch insurance: $20M
- In-orbit insurance: $20M
- Satellite operations (15 years): $15M
Our initial research seems to indicate having a satellite in orbit may not speed up your internet at all. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Internet_access#Geostationary_unsuitable_for_low-latency_applications]. However, if more research doesn't bode well for a geostationary satellite, we will take all of the $325M to fund either:
- Fiber to the home.
- A balloon tethered to the Farallon islands.
- a hovering drone over the Bay.
Some people just can't believe we want to make the Internet Faster and Cheaper (and more Out of Control) than it already is. Your money will be spent well, and San Francisco (and possibly -- if funds allow) the entire Bay Area will benefit. We have set this fundraiser as Fixed Funding, so there is no risk of sending MonkeyBrains a little bit of money from your wallet without many other people feeling the same way.