The FCC Approves SpaceX’s Application to Operate starlink on moving vehicles, including cars, boats and airplanes.
The US regulator made the decision today despite objections from companies such as Dish Network that: fear the roaming Starlink access will cause interference problems with their own services.
The FCC pointed to the public benefits. “Authorizing a new class of terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing demand from users who now require connectivity while on the go, whether driving a motorhome across the country or a cargo ship from Europe to a US port, whether on a domestic or international flight,” FCC International Bureau Chief Thomas Sullivan wrote in the Submit(Opens in a new window)† (CNBC was the first to) report(Opens in a new window) The news.)
The regulator also dismissed concerns about the Starlink dishes causing moving interference as speculative or resulting in minimal impact. The FCC does impose conditions on the decision. SpaceX “must accept any interference received from both current and future services authorized in the band, even if such interference causes unwanted operations,” Sullivan wrote. In addition, the company must avoid causing harmful interference when operating Starlink dishes in motion.
As a result, SpaceX must disclose to customers that using Starlink on moving vehicles may cause interference issues, which may degrade the experience.
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Thursday’s decision opens the door for SpaceX to expand Starlink into the automotive, aerospace and marine sectors as a method of delivering high-speed broadband. The company has already announced deals to bring satellite Internet service to Hawaiian Airlines and jet service provider JSX. Royal Caribbean is also to install Starlink dishes on the company’s cruise ships.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Currently, the company prohibits the use of Starlink in moving vehicles, but some consumers have so done anyway.
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