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June 09, 2020


We live in Salem and are anxiously awaiting Starlink. Your blog came up while I was searching Starlink in the Salem area. We are signed up on the waiting list. I’m curious to know if you know when this might happen for us?

Chantel, I assume you live in a rural area with a Salem address, like we do. Starlink isn't designed for urban areas, so those who live in a town with other viable broadband options likely aren't going to get Starlink soon, if at all.

It's hard to tell what determines how long someone waits for Starlink. There are several Facebook groups devoted to discussing all things Starlink. I used to look at them frequently, but now that we're in a stable phase of using Starlink, I don't look at the Facebook groups as often. Here's links to a couple:




Discussions of how long will it take to get Starlink are common on the groups. My impression is that it depends a lot on the location. Starlink appears to limit signups in a particular cell (Starlink service area) to avoid degrading service to current subscribers.

I've found that our download speed has dropped quite a bit from the early days of us getting Starlink, when fewer people must have been signed up in our cell. It's still much better than our crappy DSL was, but more in the range of 50-90 Mbps rather than 100-150 Mbps.

Anyway, I suppose the best estimate of when you would get Starlink is what was shown when you signed up for it. Do you recall when that was? Just curious, as we have a neighbor across the street who also is eager to get Starlink. I believe her date was mid to late 2022, but am not sure of this.

We signed up in September of 2021. We were given a Starlink update last October or so that we will get it late 2022. We live off of State Street near Howell Prairie. So are you saying that you DO have Starlink currently?

Sorry, I re read your response and I see that you DO have Starlink. I am so hoping we can get it. I work from home and need this. I am unable to do my work from home due to the fact that I am downloading large files. My work has to go through a server at the facility I work for. I can only hope that Starlink will be fast enough to support this….If we even ever get it. I’m so frustrated. Thank you for your responses. If you hear anything in the future please email me [email protected]

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