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SpaceX and the quest for free Internet

SpaceX and the quest for free Internet

The FCC is looking to approve an application to supply satellite-based broadband services to the U.S.

After Elon Musk launched the Falcon Heavy, it aims to create a global broadband network using satellites.

If given by the FCC, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies.

On February 14, Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urged the other four FCC commissioners through a statement to support an approval of SpaceX’s application to put a constellation of thousands of satellites into orbit, as this would help Internet reach rural areas, where digital adoption is still to be better-accepted.

This came after the SpaceX team wrote an email to the FCC saying it plans to launch two demonstration satellites for the service on a Falcon 9 rocket on February 17.

Following on the request, according to Mashable, Pai wrote to his colleagues: “Following careful review of this application by our International Bureau’s excellent satellite engineering experts, I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans.”

“If adopted” he continued, “it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies”.

Elon Musk first spoke about broadband satellite constellation in 2014, saying Internet could be provided at a “very low cost”, SpaceX has already launched dozens of communications satellites for companies like Iridium.

Let´s see where Musk will take us next.