In 2018, the FCC voted to allow Space X, Telesat Canada, and two other companies to roll out new satellite-based broadband services.
SpaceX and Amazon are considered some of the leading competitors in the emerging market to offer high-speed internet access from low Earth orbit, to the billions of people who are currently underserved.
Satellite service faces unique challenges including the rising amount of orbital debris and the expense of deploying large numbers of satellites.
In 2018, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, “Satellite technology can provide high-speed internet for Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach. The technology could also be a critical backstop when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communications.”
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