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U.S. telecom regulator circulates Boeing satellite plan for approval

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WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday disclosed it circulated Boeing Co’s (BA.N) software looking for approval to launch and function 147 satellites to offer broadband web entry for a vote.

Boeing first filed with the FCC in 2017 looking for approval to deploy a V-band Constellation utilizing low earth orbit and extremely inclined non-geostationary orbit satellites “to provide high speed broadband communications.”

Boeing sought to function V-band Constellation “to provide broadband Internet and communications services to residential consumers, governmental, and professional users across the United States, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.”

In 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX urged the FCC to reject Boeing’s plan saying it introduced a “clear danger of harmful interference” to different programs or “at a minimum impose appropriate conditions to ensure that Boeing’s operations do not harm those of other” operators.

Boeing declined to touch upon the FCC software circulated for a vote by Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel on Thursday.

In April, the FCC voted to approve a SpaceX plan to deploy some Starlink satellites at a decrease earth orbit than deliberate as a part of its push to supply space-based broadband web.

SpaceX had requested the FCC for approval to fly 2,824 satellites at a decrease orbit as a part of the plan to offer high-speed broadband web providers to individuals who presently lack entry.

The FCC additionally mentioned SpaceX agreed to just accept that their lower-altitude satellites might encounter interference from satellites deployed below Amazon’s (AMZN.O) Kuiper Systems satellite mission.

In July, Amazon mentioned it will make investments greater than $10 billion to construct a community of three,236 low-earth orbit satellites.

SpaceX, which plans to finally deploy 12,000 satellites in whole, has mentioned beforehand the Starlink constellation will value it roughly $10 billion.

While extraordinarily pricey to deploy, satellite know-how can present high-speed web for individuals who live in rural or hard-to-serve locations the place fiber optic cables and cell towers don’t attain. The know-how may be a crucial backstop when hurricanes or different pure disasters disrupt communication.

Reporting by David Shepardson; modifying by Diane Craft

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