Technology FCC chair backs SpaceX plan to provide broadband by satellite

02:15  15 february  2018
02:15  15 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal from Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide broadband using satellites . SpaceX is planning to launch several test broadband satellites on Saturday.

Assuming the FCC moves ahead with the chairman 's proposal, SpaceX would be the first U.S. company to get the green light for delivering broadband from low orbit satellites . All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you.

a man holding a sign© Provided by The Hill Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal from Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide broadband using satellites.

"To bridge America's digital divide, we'll have to use innovative technologies," Pai said in a statement on Wednesday. "Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach."

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Pai also said the proposal would increase competition among internet service providers, and he encouraged the agency's commissioners to approve an application from SpaceX to begin the project.

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US FCC Chairman Pai proposed the approval of an application by SpaceX to provide broadband services using satellites in the US and worldwide.

SpaceX 's satellite broadband plans are getting closer to reality. Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed approving SpaceX 's application " to provide broadband services using satellite technologies in the United States and on a global basis," a commission announcement said.

According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband.

Other companies like OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat are also pursuing similar projects, which have been approved by the FCC.

SpaceX is planning to launch several test broadband satellites on Saturday.

At a Senate hearing in May, Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, detailed the company's plan to launch 4,425 operational satellites from 2019 to 2024 to build the broadband network.

Cooper said satellites could help provide broadband access to rural communities.

"The common challenges associated with siting, digging trenches, laying fiber, and dealing with property rights are materially alleviated through a space-based broadband network," she said.

SpaceX’s satellites for beaming internet access to earth are now in orbit .
SpaceX is now one step closer to delivering broadband access via satellite, as it’s successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket (seen above) that delivered two Starlink demo satellites into low-earth-orbit. Load Error The company’s been working on this for some time now, and the two Starlink satellites will help it test its systems for beaming internet access down to earth before more of them are deployed into space. The launch was slated for last weekend and then delayed to allow for more stringent testing of the updated fairing.

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