Discovering the Digital Frontier: How OREGON Benefits From Starlink's Price Cut

With the reliability of broadband akin to that of electric power, satellite broadband such as through Starlink has cracked geographical barriers and made reliable connectivity available to a good portion of US residents, regardless of their location. Needless to say, SpaceX’s choice to change its pricing model has changed the discourse regarding the digital divide, specifically regarding Oregonians and those in other states who were or are considering using Starlink. This article aims to explain what this changed pricing means for Oregonians, unraveling some of the complexities related to Starlink’s new pricing scheme, as well as delving deeper into the state’s very real issues regarding internet connectivity.

The New Deal: Starlink's Pricing Revolution

Just as technology seemed to falter, a new entrant has recently begun offering Starlink in 28 states, including OREGON. SpaceX’s Starlink division recently announced it would drastically reduce the price of its user terminal to $299 (plus shipping and tax) for people in areas that SpaceX has dubbed ‘areas with excess capacity’ – a term representative of where OREGON falls on the broadband map, with its geographical diversity of cities and sprawling rural areas.

Why OREGON Stands to Gain

It is interesting that OREGON is included, given the state’s diverse topography – it has a rugged Pacific coastline, major forests and deserts. It will also be one of the harder places to wire for broadband. For many residents there, the affordability and ease of installation of the Starlink satellite dish should ensure that they are well-connected.

The Cost-Benefit Analysis for OREGON Users

Whereas the sticker price of the Starlink user terminal has come down, then, Oregonians considering Starlink service need to think about the monthly service fees. In areas of the US that do not require reallocation of capacity (eg, parts of OREGON), the service costs $90 a month. That’s a steal for such a fast and reliable service – in particular, for OREGON remote workers, businesses and schools requiring stable internet to function – and a groundbreaking price for a satellite internet service.

The Technology Behind the Savings

This shift has some technical revisions to the dish: the new standard terminal is manually positioned by you, with app-based guidance in Starlink, which I imagine to be a departure from the ‘Starlink Actuated’ version. OREGON users, particularly, may wonder whether this is easier to install or performs better than it did before (especially if you paid extra to get your last terminal actuated). I can’t speak to its ease of installation, nor can I speak to its actual performance if you previously had Starlink actuate it. However, I can say that the guidance provided by the app makes it pretty easy! In my assessment, the app walks you, step by step, through positioning it so that the dish’s connection is maximised and the line is clear.

Navigating the Digital Landscape in OREGON: A Broader Perspective

Meanwhile for OREGON, Starlink has become another step in a story about closing digital divides as the state grows and diversifies, as it does, ensuring that all communities have access to high-speed internet. Starlink’s price cut is one more attempt in ensuring more people have access to hi-speed internet – part of a local and nationwide trend with an eye towards greater digital inclusion.

Enhancing Life in OREGON With Reliable Connectivity

Beyond the obvious benefits of less expensive, faster internet access, the implications for OREGON could be transformative: improved access to education, healthcare and emergency response. Better connectivity could make the state’s economy more resilient and more integrated. For some Oregonians in rural areas, it could expand employment opportunities to include remote work, online learning, and other online commerce. This is part of the promise of the Starlink revolution.


When people think of OREGON, they often envision its stunning natural beauty, thriving culture and experimental, pioneering identity. As a state with a population that appreciates environmental stewardship, community, and a variety of forward-looking initiatives, OREGON is a place where the human hindrance of technology intersects with the natural world of uninhibited existence. Its diverse landscapes and urban ecologies host a wide variety of activities and lifestyles. As OREGON continues to change and evolve, initiatives such as the Starlink price cut demonstrate that a door is opening in the ongoing search for greater internet accessibility, as well as in OREGON’s broader and ongoing commitment to openness and progress.

In short, developments like Starlink’s price plans represent a big leap toward erasing the digital divide in OREGON. We can take another big leap and create a more connected state – one that can meet the possibilities and challenges of tomorrow.

Jun 13, 2024
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