SpaceX raises the possibility that the US Federal Communications Commission has decided to block rural broadband subdivisions worth $885.5 billion

SpaceX raises the possibility that the US Federal Communications Commission has decided to block rur ...

SpaceX, a US satellite communications and space launch company, has reportedly challenged a US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to block subsidies for Starlink, which already has tens of thousands of users in the United States, which was expected to gain $885.5 billion (about Rs. 70,52,400 crore) in funding through a multibillion-dollar program that aimed to provide internet access to several regions in the United States without having access to the internet.

According to a Reuters report, SpaceX appealed the US FCC''s decision to denied a $885.5 billion subsidy (roughly Rs. 70,52,400 crore) to Starlink, the firm''s satellite internet service subsidiary. In August, the regulator indicated that Starlink''s technology had "real promise," but could not meet the program''s requirements due to a steady decrease in speed and rising prices.

According to SpaceX''s regulatory filing, the decision to refuse grants under the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which was previously awarded in 2020, was "flawed" and "grossly unfair."

David Goldman, the senior director of satellite policy at SpaceX, reportedly slammed the regulator in the appeal, claiming that the decision sounded "rendered in service to a clear bias towards fibre rather than a merits-based suggestion to actually connect unsved Americans."

According to the research, Starlink, which has over 3,000 satellites on orbit, wanted to provide internet access to over 6.42 lakh locations across 35 states in the United States that couldn''t connect.