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IT based Ideas to be used on the Seasteading Institute

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    My name is Mitchell Frondal. I currently work for ATT as an IT Analyst. I recently graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelors of Science in Management Information System.

    I would like to volunteer to help head IT based ideas to be potentially used on the Seasteading Institute.

    Topics of Discussion

    1. Internet Technology (Underwater Sea Cable and a wireless based network for entire Institute)
    2. Video and Audio Technology (TV & Sounds)
    3. Entertainment Technology (Theater)
    4. Transportation and Traffic Monitoring Technology (Boats and Delivery of Goods)
    5. Construction of these technologies and ways to connect the Seasteading Institute to the world!
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    Hi Darkcraven, welcome.

    undersea cable seem to be the best way to connect to the world with high speed and stable connection, but would that work if the city is not anchored to the seabed? satellite might be a better option although speed and stability might not be as good.



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    According to this page you are looking at around $50k per km of laid cable, regardless of capacity.

    The CIOS cable, which links Cyprus and Israel, is described at the above linked site as being 261km long with a 622Mbps capacity. Was completed in late 1993 for a cost of $10M. That is WAY expensive but I guess not huge in the grand scheme of things.

    I have been looking at this company (http://www.ldtravocean.fr/index.php). I’m gonna see if I can find some more accurate costs in today’s numbers for a 200-300nm cable.

    I think air-based platforms with wireless links would be cheaper and easier.

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    As usual, the military has already thought about this:


    Scroll to the bottom and check out the MARTS (Marine Airborne Re-Transmission System).

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    Satellite definitely seems like the best plan for data, but may be tricky to obtain at the moment. The big provider in satellite internet is WildBlue, and they have two satellites – WildBlue-1 and Telesat Anik-F2. They don’t offer coverage to the ocean at all, so you could only connect just off the coast.. And assuming you can get a signal, their most expensive package is only 1.5mbps down and 256kbps up.

    The two satellites have line-of-sight to most of the Pacific Ocean and half of the Atlantic, but they use spot-beams, which are all focused on the United States. It’s unlikely the market for internet service to the ocean would be large enough for them to reconfigure their satellites.

    What do boats at sea currently do for internet access? I know there’s satphone service to almost everywhere on the ocean, can you run internet over those connections? and how fast is it?

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