Broadband

Starry's Service Starts at $50 Per Month

Beta broadband offering initially targeting MDUs with symmetrical speeds of 200 Mbps 7/31/2017 12:52 PM Eastern
The Starry Station

Starry, the startup that has developed a competitive broadband service that uses millimeter wave technology, confirmed that a beta version of the service is available to parts of Boston for $50 per month and delivers symmetrical speed of 200 Mbps.

Starry’s Boston-area beta offering, spotted by Light Reading, is being sold without a contract or extra equipment rental fees, and includes a customer care service that will help customers connect devices and troubleshoot WiFi or other issues.

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According to a Starry official, the company is currently focused on the multiple-dwelling unit (MDU) market in Boston, noting that the company has developed versions of the Starry Point, the unit that receives the signal and communications with the Starry Station WiFi hub, that can handle a range of use cases, including large and small MDUs as well as for single-family units.

In the MDU scenarios, Starry is leaning primarily on existing, in-building wiring to connect the Starry Station, though there are some cases in which Starry will do its own wiring, the official noted.

Interested customers can query the Starry site to see if service is available to them. Starry is currently available in parts of Charlestown, Somerville and Cambridge and a handful of other neighborhoods in the Boston area.

“We’re bringing additional neighborhoods online in the next few weeks,” the official said via email, noting that Starry recently made the beta service more widely available.

Comcast, RCN and Verizon are among the incumbent broadband providers Starry will likely tangle with in Boston.

Starry is helmed by former Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia.

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According to a recent analysis by MoffettNathanson, Starry’s best shot at disrupting the broadband sector will be by pairing deployments in high-density areas with a low-cost technology platform.

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“On paper, at least, fixed wireless has the potential to be the first low-cost alternative to wired broadband,” the firm explained, noting that AT&T and Verizon are already moving in that direction with 5G-focused trials. Google Fiber is also pursuing wireless as a lower-cost alternative.

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