FCC rejects SpaceX’s $900 million funding for Starlink
SpaceX receives funding from satellites. In a rare media release, SpaceX said it would appeal a funding decision related to the Starlink broadband satellite constellation intended to transmit internet services to rural areas around the world.
The space launch services giant was recently denied nearly $900 million in funding for rural connectivity from the Wireline Competition Authority (a branch of the Federal Communications Commission). According to Space.com, SpaceX called the decision “grossly unfair” in his Sept. 9 appeal to regulators, which is currently under review.
At the same time, SpaceX competitor Lynk received FCC approval for its satellite phone connectivity network on Sept. 16. The news comes as SpaceX, which seeks the same market, has already announced an upcoming partnership with T-Mobile in August, even though it has not received approval for its service from the FCC. I was dropped.
SpaceX, funded by billionaire Elon Musk, is looking to serve rural areas through its satellite network, while Link plans regular access to space through its orbital cell towers.
According to Via Satellite, Lynk already demonstrated satellite-to-phone service in a test last year.
Although the service is only roving, Lynk said it could be useful for local emergencies.
Lynk is theoretically approved to operate the service, but the next steps to getting it up and running include frequency checks with eventual cellular service partners to ensure that its operations are shared with other in-orbit operators. TechCrunch reports that it plans to make sure it doesn’t interfere with satellites.
Another player in covering phones from space is Apple, which announced last week that the iPhone 14 will be able to use emergency SOS satellite service through GlobalStar starting in November.
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