The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that it circulated Boeing’s request for approval to launch and operate 147 satellites to provide broadband Internet access for a vote.
Boeing first filed with the FCC in 2017 for approval to deploy a V-band constellation using satellites in low Earth orbit and steeply tilted non-geostationary orbit “to provide high speed broadband communications.”
Boeing sought to operate V-band Constellation “to provide broadband Internet and communications services to residential consumers, government and business users in the United States, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.”
In 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX urged the FCC to reject Boeing’s plan, saying it presented a “clear danger of harmful interference” to other systems or “imposed at a minimum appropriate conditions to ensure that the Boeing’s operations do not harm those of other “operators.
Boeing declined to comment on the FCC’s request put to a vote by Interim FCC President Jessica Rosenworcel.
In April, the FCC voted to approve a SpaceX plan to deploy certain Starlink satellites to lower-than-expected Earth orbit as part of its efforts to deliver space-based high-speed internet.
SpaceX had asked the FCC for approval to fly 2,824 satellites into a lower orbit as part of the plan to provide high-speed high-speed internet services to people who currently do not have access.
The FCC also said SpaceX has accepted that its low-altitude satellites may encounter interference with satellites deployed as part of Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.
In July, Amazon announced it would invest more than $ 10 billion to build a network of 3,236 low-earth orbit satellites.
SpaceX, which plans to eventually deploy 12,000 total satellites, has previously said the Starlink constellation will cost it around $ 10 billion.
Although extremely expensive to deploy, satellite technology can provide high-speed Internet access to people who live in rural or hard-to-serve areas where fiber-optic cables and cell phone towers are not accessible.
Technology could also be a vital safety net when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communication.