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Brian Cooley Editor at Large
Brian Cooley is CNET's Editor at large and has been with the brand since 1995. He currently focuses on electrification of vehicles but also follows the big trends in smart home, digital healthcare, 5G, the future of food, and augmented & virtual realities. Cooley is a sought after presenter by brands and their agencies when they want to understand how consumers react to new technologies. He has been a regular featured speaker at CES, Cannes Lions, Advertising Week and The PHM HealthFront™. He was born and raised in Silicon Valley when Apple's campus was mostly apricots.
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Millions of people in the US have no home broadband or a really poor, pricey form of it at a time when being online has become almost as essential as having clean running water. Now what?

Two new home broadband options are hitting the market, offering service where it's either not available or not competitive. Starlink is a new satellite ISP that seeks to erase the often negative connotations of satellite internet and do so almost anywhere you can set up a small dish aimed at the sky. T-Mobile Home Internet is a 5G-based service providing broadband to the premise, not to the mobile devices that T-Mobile is known for. Each service creates Wi-Fi in your home so you don't really have to care if it its powered by satellite or a 5G cellular network.


Don't you just want your home fed by this? Starlink's internet service is powered by a mesh of satellites.


My CNET colleagues John Kim and Rick Broida did early tests of Starlink and T-Mobile Home Internet, respectively. In a nutshell, Starlink turned out to be a great new option for people who live in areas with little or no broadband access, while T-Mobile Home Internet adds competition to the limited ISP choice in most urban or suburban areas. 

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T-Mobile 5G node

We normally think of a T-Mobile 5G node, like this one in New York City, as powering mobile devices, but home internet is one of 5G's new tricks.

Eli Blumenthal, CNET

Watch their video conversation with me for a hands-on report on what it was like to use these new services; You'll also learn which of my colleagues liked the service they tested so much they signed up for it in their own home.

Neither Starlink nor T-Mobile Home Internet are intended as a direct rival to something like cable internet, which will tend to offer a lot more speed for less money. And if you're moving or verifying you have the best broadband service available in your area, visit our sister site Allconnect for a quick, comprehensive comparison of your options.

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