March 5, 2008 11:16 am

As InventHelp’s Invention Girl, I spent plenty of time online. When my connection is slow (or God forbid, unavailable), that brings my gadget-researching duties to a screeching halt.

We all know about cable and DSL internet service, but Japan recently launched what could be the next big choice in service options: high-speed internet satellite.

The rocket carrying the technology launched from Japan’s Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center without a hitch this week, and the satellite it’s carrying promises to deliver super-speed internet to homes and businesses around the world.

The satellite will enable data transmission of 1.2 gigabytes per second, allowing subscribers with small dishes to connect to the Internet at speeds many times faster than what is now available over residential cable or DSL services.

The service initially would focus on the Asia-Pacific region close to Japan, a JAXA news release said. It could eventually be expanded to other regions, allowing for greater opportunities in long-distance education and “telemedicine,” among other possibilities.

If this service is really as fast as it claims to be, then I can’t wait until it comes stateside! I may even lobby my bosses at InventHelp to get in on the action!

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