Today in 1 5-0 vote the FCC approve SpaceX’s plan to offer 1 Gbps internet via satellite. This effort comes from Elon Musk, who plans to build a fleet of orbiting devices to blanket the globe with wireless broadband.
Unlike current satellite internet, these devices will be in a far lower orbit and offer far faster speeds without the data caps current satellite systems use. SpaceX says the system will launch in two phases between 2019 and 2024.
“Although we still have much to do with this complex undertaking, this is an important step toward SpaceX building a next-generation satellite network that can link the globe with reliable and affordable broadband service, especially reaching those who are not yet connected.” Said SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell in a statement.
The system also promises to help relief efforts that currently spend hundreds of dollars a day for 5 Mbps internet. With this system relief workers can get access to high speed internet even in areas hit by a major disaster.
If you want to learn more about this system, the Washington Post has a great breakdown of what is being worked on.
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