...While “cord-cutting” threatens Cable operators, it is a clear-and-present-danger to Satellite TV systems. That’s because only a small fraction of Satellite TV subscribers also get Internet service via satellite. The two dominate domestic Satellite TV operators are DirectTV and Dish Networks. In combination they have about 33 million domestic subscribers with an estimated one-third in rural locations. Most subscribers also want Internet access, but Satellite TV operators subcontract Internet access to third parties which are generally telephone companies. Thus, when Satellite TV subscribers choose to bypass Pay TV by metaphorically “cutting-the-Satellite-cord”, they are most often discontinuing Satellite TV service and upgrading ISP service from telephone carriers. Consequently, Satellite TV operators lose the Pay TV subscriber without benefitting by keeping, and upgrading, the Internet subscriber. Unfortunately satellite-based Internet service is often unable to compete effectively. Since geosynchronous satellites are 22,000 miles distant, the round trip to a file server on the Internet is 88,000 miles. The lengthy round trip combined with sundry routing & processing results in delays of nearly a full second which is a near-eternity in the Internet world. The inherent lag is intolerable for a number of applications such as Voice-over-IP (Skype), Internet gaming, and Virtual Private Networks.