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Satellite vs. Cable Internet: Pros & Cons

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Satellite internet and cable internet are two of the most accessible types of internet connection today. Here we’ll give you the pros and cons between satellite vs. cable internet if you have a choice between the two.

Satellite Internet

Satellite internet is available almost anywhere, even in rural areas. However, satellite internet is typically slower than cable internet and can be affected by inclement weather.

Satellite Internet Cost Comparisons


Starting Price

$49.99 – $149.99/mo.

Max Download

12 – 100 Mbps


Starting Price


Max Download

25 Mbps

Starlink, the satellite internet component of SpaceX, continues to make news with a variety of products for RVs, and boats. But it’s greatest asset over other satellite internet providers is its speed capability. Depending on the location, Starlink internet is capable of speeds up to 200 Mbps with very low latency compared to other satellite providers. As the Starlink infrastructure grows, those speeds are expected to increase while latency continues to drop.


Starting Price


Max Download

200 Mbps

Cable Internet

Cable internet is typically faster than satellite internet and is less likely to be affected by weather conditions. However, cable internet is not available in all areas. It’s also a shared connection in communities and neighborhoods, which can slow down your connection during peak times.

Cable internet is frequently less expensive than satellite internet, with plans starting as low as $19.99/mo. Cable also can reach gigabit speeds compared to the top speed of ~200 Mbps for satellite internet.

Which is Right for You?

The best type of internet for you depends on your needs and circumstances. If you live in a rural area, satellite internet may be a good option for you. If you need fast speeds and reliability, cable internet will be a better choice.

Here is a more detailed comparison of the two types of internet:

Satellite Internet

ProsConsAvailable almost anywhereTypically slower than cable internetConsistent SpeedsCan be affected by weather conditionsLess likely to be affected by electrical interferenceMore expensive than cable internet

Cable Internet

ProsConsFaster than satellite internetSusceptible to electrical interferenceLess likely to be affected by weather conditionsA shared connection means possible slower speeds during peak timesLower internet latency than satellite internetNot as widely available as satellite internet

Your choice of satellite vs. cable internet will largely depend on your location and what is available to you in your area. Satellite internet’s biggest advantage over cable is availability, but cable internet has speed and latency advantages. Your choice will come down to your needs and your budget.

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