SpaceX has a beef with satellite funding.
The space The startup services giant was recently denied nearly $900 million in rural connectivity funding from the Wireline Competition Bureau (an arm of the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC). SpaceX characterized this decision (opens in a new tab) as “grossly unfair” in its Sept. 9 appeal to the regulator under review.
At the same time, SpaceX Lynk is a competitor received FCC approval (opens in a new tab) September 16 for its satellite-phone connection network, now only missing a mobile service partner to bring the service. This news comes at a time when SpaceX, seeking the same market, has already announced an upcoming exit partnership with T-Mobile in August, even though it has not yet been approved by the FCC for that service.
Billionaire funded SpaceX Elon Muskaims to serve rural areas through a network of satellites, while Lynk plans intermittent access to space through an orbital cell tower (opens in a new tab). Lynk already demonstrated a satellite phone service in trials last year, according to Via Satellite. (opens in a new tab) Although the service will only be mobile, Link says it will be useful in rural emergencies.
Although Lynk theoretically has permission to operate the service, the next steps to bring it into operation will include checking the frequency with a possible mobile service partner to ensure that its operation does not interfere with other satellites in orbit. according to TechCrunch (opens in a new tab).
Another player in cellular coverage from space Apple, which announced last week that its iPhone 14 will have SOS satellite service (opens in a new tab) in emergencies through GlobalStar starting in November.
https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-fcc-funding-appeal/ FCC denies SpaceX $900 million in Starlink funding