Brightline first in the world to use SpaceX’s Starlink system


Author: Mankirat Kaur

South Florida’s rail operator Brightline has partnered with Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet provider to become the first passenger rail service to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband within their trains.

The service, which is complementary for all guests, is currently in operation across South Florida and will begin operation in Orlando in the summer and has been heralded by Kevin T. McAuliffe, chief technology and digital innovation officer at Brightline, as a ‘game changer’ for passengers. ‘Our guests each have unique needs in terms of their usage on board – streaming, online gaming, video calls or other high data rate activities through even the most rural areas,’ said McAuliffe. ‘We took their feedback, we took their needs, and we searched for something that would solve for the collective.'

McAuliffe concludes, ‘We partnered with Starlink because we believe their capabilities give us that flexibility and coverage our guests expect. Starlink being new to rail and Brightline being new to satellite makes this an amazing beginning to what we believe will be a storied partnership ahead.’