FCC grants SpaceX clearance to provide moving vehicle connectivity

FCC grants SpaceX clearance to provide moving vehicle connectivity
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The FCC has granted SpaceX provisional clearance to provide its Starlink satellite connectivity to moving vehicles.

Starlink has been delivering impressive broadband speeds to static ground terminals for some time, including in Ukraine.

SpaceX hasn’t been officially authorised to provide connectivity to vehicles while they’re moving. However, that’s not stopped some people:

SpaceX hasn’t been shy about its ambition to officially offer Starlink connectivity to moving vehicles; not just road vehicles, but sea and air too.

Initial deals had already been inked by SpaceX with Hawaiian Airlines and JSX ahead of authorisation from the FCC. The much-awaited authorisation was granted provisionally on Thursday.

FCC international bureau chief Tom Sullivan wrote in the authorisation:

“Authorizing a new class of [customer] terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing user demands that now require connectivity while on the move, whether driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a U.S. port, or while on a domestic or international flight.”

So far, SpaceX has a constellation of around 2,700 satellites. The company now has over 400,000 Starlink subscribers.

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