The moon has faster internet than the UK average

Britons who are annoyed at pathetic broadband speeds will be even more vexed by the news that the moon now has speeds of nearly 20mbps.

Those of us who have been driven to tears waiting hours for a video to buffer will be disgruntled to learn we’d literally be better off with laser-powered broadband on the moon. It is now possible to stream large amounts of data on the Earth’s natural satellite, with a record-breaking 19.44mbps download speed recorded by Nasa and MIT.

Last May, Ofcom measured the average UK broadband at 14.7mbps and while it’s likely to have improved since then, it’s probable the moon still has faster internet.

“Communicating at high data rates from Earth to the moon with laser beams is challenging because of the 400,000-kilometre distance spreading out the light beam,” Mark Stevens of MIT Lincoln Laboratory told Wired.

“It’s doubly difficult going through the atmosphere, because turbulence can bend light-causing rapid fading or dropouts of the signal at the receiver.”

While all this is obviously amazing science, when will we be able to watch Netflix in the countryside?

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  • My net is a superfast 1.2mbps. I think dial up was faster. That's it! I'm moving to the moon!

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