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The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX to provide Starlink satellite Internet to moving vehicles. Of Elon Musk A company that further expands its services.
“Approve a new class [customer] SpaceX satellite system terminals extend the range of broadband capabilities and require connectivity on the move, such as driving RVs across the country, freight transport from Europe to US ports, or traveling domestically. Respond to the growing demand of users. Or an international flight. ” FCC International Director Tom Sullivan wrote in an approval letter posted Thursday.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the FCC’s decision.
Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite network in low earth orbit, designed to provide high-speed Internet anywhere in the world. SpaceX has launched about 2,700 satellites to support its global network, with a base price of A service that costs $ 110 per month to users.. As of May, SpaceX told the FCC that Starlink had it. Over 400,000 subscribers..
For SpaceX Sign early contract with a commercial airline In preparation for this decision: it’s Hawaiian Airlines When Semi-private charter provider JSX Provides Wi-Fi by plane. Previously, SpaceX was approved to perform a limited amount of in-flight testing. We see the aviation Wi-Fi market as “the overhaul is ripe.”
FCC approval also includes connections For ships and vehicles such as semi-trucks and RVs, SpaceX last year demanded an expansion from servicing fixed customers. SpaceX had already deployed a version of that service Called “Starlink for RVs”, there is an additional “portable” fee.. However, portability is not the same as the mobility currently allowed by the FCC’s decision.
The FCC has imposed conditions on the Starlink service on the move. SpaceX must “accept interference received from both approved current and future services” and further investment in Starlink may be subject to additional conditions or requirements from the FCC. “Assuming a certain risk”.
The ruling did not resolve Broader SpaceX regulatory dispute with Dish Network and RS AccessAn entity backed by Michael Dell of Billionaire, which uses the 12 GHz band, which is the frequency range used for broadband communications. The FCC continues to analyze whether the band can support both ground-based and space-based services, and SpaceX is asking regulators to make a decision.