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Can insanely fast internet come from an antenna?

The Starry Point (image courtesy Starry Internet)

Sky's the Limit

Antennas, it seems, are making a comeback. As a new generation of couch potatoes forgoes cable, companies like Missouri’s Antennas Direct are seeing record business.

And the newly launched Starry Internet promises wireless internet speeds of up to one gigabit simply using an antenna (of sorts).

The service is expected to debut in Boston this summer before rolling out to more cities.

The “Starry Point” device is placed in the user’s window like an air-conditioner, and data is transmitted using high-frequency radio waves. That means the service doesn’t require installation or cables.

The venture is a second act of sorts for founder Chet Kanojia, who earlier headed Aereo, which allowed users to stream broadcast television over the internet. The company’s fate was sealed by a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that Aereo infringed on the networks’ copyright.

If Starry Internet is successful, it would represent a victory of sorts for Kanojia over the ISPs who helped shutter Aereo. “It costs the cable guys around $2,500 per home to deal with the construction costs of laying down cable,” Kanojia told Techcrunch. “We can deliver faster broadband with no regulatory wait time and it will cost us only $25 per home.”

While the consumer cost, as well as the timeline, is still unknown, you can keep updated on Starry Internet’s progress right here.

Now go forth (and seek vengeance).

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