By Sean Mccloskey

from Daily Reckoning

2 January 2018


Years ago I had one of the first renditions of satellite internet at my home in Baltimore.

It was simply amazing.

Download and upload speeds were exponentially faster than any cable or fiber internet available. At a fraction of what we were paying previously to one of the “Big Cable” companies too.

We were in internet service provider heaven.

The company, Believe Wireless, has since moved on to solely commercial services. It turned out that “Big Cable’s” grip on residential service in my area was too strong at the time to overcome.

But I had the proof that change was coming.

Now satellite internet’s promise is even better enabled by the unlikely union of cheap space access and a current hot-button issue in Washington.

Net Neutrality: An Unforeseen Catalyst

The FCC established net neutrality rules in 2015 in order to reclassify the internet as a public utility. Similar to the way the FCC regulates phone lines and carriers.

According to Marketplace.org, “Net neutrality is the belief that internet service providers should treat all content, applications and websites the same, without favoring or blocking specific ones.”

Today, with a vote of 3-2 the FCC decided to roll back net neutrality protections.

Proponents for the protections claim rolling neutrality rules back allows companies to create “fast lanes” for preferred content providers. Or to slow down a specific website’s traffic if it’s not preferred content.

Comcast, for example, could decide that Netflix isn’t paying them enough for the amount of traffic they generate on Comcast’s network. Comcast could slow down Netflix’s streaming speed in response.

Ultimately, this would disrupt the customer’s ability to stream shows and movies until Netflix ponies up to Comcast’s demands.

On the other side of the debate are those who feel the amount of manpower and resources devoted to maintaining internet networks is not scaled properly.

Companies like Comcast and Verizon claim they aren’t compensated fairly for the investments they make to maintain networks and expand access.

It’s a classic debate. On one side is the call for protections to promote fair use and new innovations.

On the other side, you have the call for fairer returns on investments for the companies that first develop these networks.

Of course, there are more variables at play here, but that’s the basic gist. You can decide for yourself which side you land on.

But while you do, consider this: With net neutrality rules rolled back, it will be a huge catalyst to fuel more dollars and effort into making satellite internet happen in 2018.

Because if favoritism becomes the norm and people’s service is interrupted, you can bet that they’ll start looking for alternative ways to access the internet.

A Recipe for Disruption

Net neutrality rollbacks and a rising discontent with “Big Cable.”

It won’t take much more to get the ball rolling with a new way to provide internet to the masses. But add in cheap access to space and you now have one of the most exciting stories in tech.

A new age of the space race is upon us. Only this time it won’t be a Cold War-driven contest to weaponize space…

… It’ll be Elon Musk’s SpaceX squaring off with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

The winner will get all the riches that come from industrializing and commercializing the outer realms of Earth’s orbit best.

Among the biggest beneficiaries of this new space race will be satellite internet startups.

Satellite internet represents a massive disruptor to a long-standing issue — “Big Cable’s” oligarchy on internet service.

In terms of dollars, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Startups like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are a big reason why this tech will work, and soon.

These companies are changing the game when it comes to getting things into orbit.

Launches are much cheaper, which is opening up possibilities that didn’t exist before.

Seeing all these parts in motion together, it’s hard to deny the impact that satellite internet companies will soon have.

Cheaper space launches, better satellites and a reason to ditch the current internet service providers over net neutrality issues… the conditions are perfect for major disruption.

Which could also lead to huge fortunes with the right market plays.

As things continue to develop you can bet I’ll be right back with more ways to capitalize on this upcoming disruption.

For Tomorrow’s Trends Today,

Sean McCloskey


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This article by Sean Mccloskey was originally published at Daily Reckoning.


By Investing.com

02 January 2017


The broadly weaker dollar fell to fresh three month lows against a basket of the other major currencies on Tuesday in the first trading day of 2018, while the euro was in striking distance of its 2017 peak against the dollar.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, slid 0.26% to 91.75 by 03:08 AM ET (08:08 AM GMT), the weakest level since September 22.

The index ended 2017 down 9.8%, the biggest annual percentage decline since 2003.

The dollar weakened in 2017 as the global economy gained momentum fueling expectations for tighter monetary policy in other countries, which would lessen the divergence between the Federal Reserve and other central banks.

Market watchers were looking ahead to Wednesday’s minutes of the Fed’s December meeting for further hints on the future path of monetary policy.

Investors were also awaiting Friday’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for December.

The euro pushed higher, with EUR/USD rising 0.25% to 1.2036, the highest level since September 8, not far from the two-and-a-half year peak of 1.2091 set that day.

The euro advanced 14% against the dollar in 2017, its largest annual percentage gain since 2003.

The euro was near two-year highs against the yen, with EUR/JPY up 0.22% to 135.59, the most since February 2016.

The dollar was little changed against the yen, with USD/JPY at 112.63, not far from Friday’s more than one-week low of 112.46.

Meanwhile, sterling was near three-week highs against the dollar, with GBP/USD rising 0.26% to 1.3538 ahead of a report on UK manufacturing activity later in the day.


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This article was originally published at Investing.com.

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