Aereo started out as a company that had a service which allowed customers to view live TV on any device that was connected to the internet. This made cable providers pretty mad, so the service was only available for 2 years, since it got shut down by the supreme court for infringing on the rights of the copyright holders of the initial material, since they never signed on to have their media streamed essentially for free by Aereo.
However, now Aereo founder Chet Kanojia wants to disrupt a whole new industry that everyone really needs: WiFi. It makes sense because Kanojia has all but said that his mission is to give people more choices when it comes to consuming media. However, unlike with Aereo, which had friction from the start, Kanojia thinks that Starry will be a welcome addition to the mix of wifi technologies that are currently available.
His new startup is called Starry and its goals are to offer customers Wifi at fast speeds that are cheaper than what internet providers currently have. The way it saves you money is because it goes around all of the bulky physical and bureaucratic infrastructure that comes with having a traditional internet provider. With Starry, all you’ll need to do is get a small device and plug it into your wall.
Starry will achieve this by putting “Starry beams” on rooftops in a city, which broadcast high millimeter frequency waves over a space of 2km. These beams send connectivity to “Starry points”, which users can place outside a window, creating an entirely wireless network. The exciting new technology is going to be beta testing in Boston this summer.
Starry is also going to launch an advanced type of router that can be used with any internet connection, not just their own. It has a screen to help you manage connected devices and keep close track of your internet usage. It will also allow users to put in parental controls and ad blocks on the whole network.
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