SpaceX Is Awarded $886 Million By Federal Communication Commission To Bring High-Speed Internet To Rural Areas
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It is well deserved! On Monday, December 7, 2020, SpaceX was awarded $886 million (throughout the next 10 years) from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) as part of a program to help bring high-speed internet to rural areas in the USA. A total of 180 companies won part of the $9.2 billion in phase one of the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction. This new program would establish $20.4 billion fund to bring high-speed broadband access to rural homes and businesses that do not currently have access.
Providing equal access to internet for all Americans is an important step in assuring the continuation of democracy.
To better understand why broadband or fast internet is important, please view these videos below:
In the video published in 2017 “Why 23 million Americans don’t have fast internet“, below:
As many schools around the country start the year virtually, residents in rural communities like those in West Virginia are asking why they don’t have reliable Internet service. The recent bankruptcy of Frontier Communications provides insight into how U.S. broadband policies have fallen short for many Americans, in the video published on August 31, 2020, “Why Many Rural Americans Still Don’t Have Reliable Internet, WSJ“, below:
In the video “Why SpaceX is Making Starlink“, below:
Starlink is an awesome service that promises to eliminate poor internet connection in remote areas and monopolistic pricing from legacy broadband providers. Though the promises of Starlink are quite likely to be fulfilled, there is a major unintended consequence that is rarely discussed. Starlink in its full form is expected to have a minimum of 30,000 active satellites. To put that in perspective, there are only 6,000 total satellites in orbit right now. As a result, SpaceX will be increasing the total satellite count several-fold by implementing Starlink internet. The main concerns with launching so many satellites are of course light and space pollution which Nasa has rated as being a significant issue. This video describes the various issues with launching Starlink and why we should be very cautious before embarking on such a project, in the video “The Problem With Starlink“, below:
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