Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet system is poised to foster some positive change among students in rural Australia. As per a recent press release, Starlink will be powering Project Halo, a program from Australian telecom provider NetVault and noted software maker Cisco aimed at providing a regional school with a AU$100,000 grant towards the buildout of a world-class communications system.
This would be one of the first times that Starlink would be deployed to a community in Australia. The satellite-based internet system’s deployment in NetVault and Cisco’s project would be an excellent way to demonstrate Starlink’s potential as well, especially since applications for the program are open to any school located at least 50 km from their closest capital city.
Project Halo was borne from NetVault, which approached SpaceX and Cisco with the idea of bringing high-speed, low-latency internet to students, teachers, and families in regional Australia. With such an initiative in place, even Australia’s rural students could take advantage of the internet’s potential at the same level as their counterparts from top-tier city schools.
The project’s AU$100,000 grant would cover the cost of the Starlink kits themselves, which would be provided for the school itself, a select group of students, teachers, or community members. The grant would also include the hardware and software required for the setup for Cisco Video conferencing systems.