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Title    FCC Authorizes SpaceX to Provide Broadband Satellite Services
Date    Saturday March 31 2018, @04:44AM
Author    chromas
Topic   
from the ping6-from-outer-space dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/03/30/164241

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The Federal Communications Commission approved an application by Space Exploration Holdings, doing business as SpaceX, to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world. With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in the United States.

This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation 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.

From Techcrunch:

The company has already launched test versions of the satellites, but the full constellation will need to go out more than two at a time. SpaceX eventually plans to launch 12,000 of the things, but this authorization is for the high-altitude group of 4,425; a separate authorization is necessary for the remaining number, since they'll be operating at a different altitude and radio frequency.

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  1. "Arthur T Knackerbracket" - https://soylentnews.org/~Arthur+T+Knackerbracket
  2. "following story" - https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-authorizes-spacex-provide-broadband-satellite-services
  3. "Techcrunch" - https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/fcc-approves-spacex-plan-for-4425-satellite-broadband-network/
  4. "already launched" - https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/22/spacex-successfully-launches-falcon-9-carrying-starlink-demo-satellites/
  5. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=25665

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