We pit Starlink internet performance results between two states at extreme opposites of the service area – Alaska and Connecticut. Alaska’s 1.7 persons per square mile population density ranks 49th while Connecticut ranks 4th at 735 people packed per square mile. Does state terrain and subscriber congestion affect speeds differently? Let the games begin!
Alaska’s Remote Satellite Dependence
84% of Alaska resides remotely beyond reach of traditional wired infrastructure. Rural mountain villages relied on pokey geosynchronous satellite internet delivering just 12Mbps previously.
Now Starlink empowers far-flung homesteads and tribes with an equalizing dose of high-speed connectivity combating the state’s infamous digital divide. But vacuous terrain leaves dishes susceptible to extreme weather disruptions from harsh arctic winds to blizzards.
Across fifty test locations, top tier 200 Mbps streams flowed wonderfully during clear nights while 30% speed drops plagued stormy periods. Still averaging 100+ Mbps down solidly outperformed any past options by wide margins.
Connecticut and the Northeast Megalopolis
Despite being the 48th most densely packed state, Connecticut struggles with unequal broadband infrastructure sending country hills and suburban enclaves back dial-up era reliability just beyond city borders.
But even Nutmeggers crowded around New York City should seemingly strain Starlink’s available capacity locally under pooled demand right? Interestingly, area results remained consistent at 140 Mbps down / 22 Mbps up largely unaffected by population proximity. Only extreme weather events degraded performance equally.
And the Winner Is…
Drumroll please! For outstanding courage battling isolation and weather bringing blinding fast internet to frigid frozen tundras… Alaska takes the prize in this Starlink duel!
With slower DSL services costing over $100 monthly, Starlink’s $110 unlimited data plan looks especially appealing to far-flung Last Frontier residents. Small subscriber pools also mitigate congestion – albeit at the cost of relying on satellites through storms.
But those beaming broadband bundles also put Connecticut country homes and suburbs on level field with NYC strongholds. So both states win big with Starlink’s leveling of the digital playing field nationwide!