In 2000, Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd. (along with its partners EchoStar Communications, Microsoft Corporation, and FS Investments) announced StarBand™ a consumer-based two-way Internet access service based on 0.8 meter VSAT's. Refraction Technology, under USGS contract #01CRSA0673, ordered StarBand™ in August 2001 and began integrating the new RefTek 130 Broadband Seismic Recorder for direct use with StarBand™ as a telemetry means for fixed-station earthquake surveillance.1

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StarBand™ is an inexpensive service, starting at $800.00 for equipment and installation and $81.00 per month (includes access charges and taxes). Sustained error-free data rates exceeding 20 kbps at a power consumption of 26 watts...

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