Starry’s mostly been pretty quiet since coming out of stealth roughly this time two years ago. The Boston-based startup has been busy raising funds and running limited testing in its hometown. Starry Internet is still firmly in beta mode, mind, but later this month, it’s going to expand that testing to two new key markets, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
Launched by Aereo founder Chet Kanojia, the service has drummed up some excitement around these parts for its claims of delivering broadband speed internet over the air, using millimeter waves. The company refers to the tech as “pre-standard 5G,” delivering similar speeds to the long promised next generation telecom standard. Though it’s got the decided advantage of actually being commercially available — albeit in limited supply.
The exact timing of the launches isn’t clear at the moment, and Starry Internet will only be available in “select areas” at launch, widening out in those markets over time. More details on all of that are available on Starry’s site. The company is also planning an even bigger push over the course of the year, adding 14 more major US cities to its beta program.
The full list includes, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami and Minneapolis. A pretty solid selection metropolitan areas in the continental US.
The process of bringing the tech to new markets is much less invasive than more traditional ISPs. “We identify vertical assets, such as managed rooftops or towers, to locate our Starry Beams,” says Kanojia….