FCC Approves SpaceX’s Satellite-Based Internet Service

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The Federal Communications Commission approved an application by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies.

SpaceX proposed a satellite system comprised of 4,425 satellites and was granted authority to use frequencies in the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands to provide global Internet connectivity.

“With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in the United States,” the FCC said in a statement.

SpaceX filed for the trademark ‘Starlink’ as the name of its satellite-based internet service company.

Over the past year, the FCC has approved requests by OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat to access the United States market to provide broadband services using satellite technology that holds promise to expand Internet access, particularly in remote and rural areas across the country.

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