FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite Broadband Network
The approval of SpaceX’s application was not seriously in doubt after last month’s memo from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was excited at the prospect of the first U.S.-based company being authorized to launch a constellation like this.
“I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans,” he wrote at the time. He really is pushing that “digital divide” thing. Not that Elon Musk disagrees:
Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.
SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell echoed the sentiment in a statement provided to TechCrunch:
We appreciate the FCC’s thorough review and approval of SpaceX’s constellation license. 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.
The proposed service, which will be called Starlink, was opposed by several existing satellite operators like OneWeb and Spire. They’re rightly concerned that another operator in space — especially one that wants to launch thousands of satellites — will crowd both spectrum and orbit.
Continue reading on techcrunch.com
Get updates from federal smart cities program leaders, local and regional practitioners, and each of the GCTC superclusters!
Owners of hundreds of buildings across D.C. will soon be required to make investments to improve their energy performance under a sweeping new law.
The role, which will be filled by Joshua Edmonds, is aimed at helping the city address digital equity issues, specifically when it comes to expanding access to the Internet for residents of Detroit.
What if you could design and test complex products and processes before investing in them? ”Digital twins” are already offering companies in a range of sectors—including aerospace, retail, health care and smart cities—a virtual look at how real-world things work.
A survey finds that the majority of operators have been hit by two or more cyber attacks over the past two years.
A bill that would establish a dedicated Broadband Office to expand internet access in Washington state is working its way through the legislature at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee.
Karsun Solutions LLC on Thursday received a five-year, $80-million contract to develop technology to expedite the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grants process before and after disasters.
On the first day of the Smart Cities Connect conference in Denver, speakers highlighted how various cities' efforts to collaborate have helped to advance smart initiatives.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser this week announced three initiatives in Washington, D.C., this week to maximize opportunity zones (OZ) benefits in the nation’s capital. The city committed $24 million to properties that support affordable housing, workforce development and the growth of small businesses in the district’s 25 OZs.
Acting as a virtual replica of the physical environment, a digital twin can be used in advanced ways to truly automate, optimize and connect systems — not to mention empower people — in the built environment.