FCC rejects SpaceX request for $900 million in Starlink funding

SpaceX has issues with satellite funding.

In a rare press release, SpaceX said it would appeal a funding decision related to the Starlink broadband satellite constellation intended to bring internet services to rural areas around the world.

The space launch services giant was recently denied nearly $900 million in funding for rural connectivity by the Wireline Competition Authority, a division of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). SpaceX called the decision “grossly unfair,” in a complaint it filed with regulators Sept. 9, which is currently under review. Meanwhile, SpaceX rival Lynk received FCC approval for its interconnecting satellite and telephone network on Sept. 16, but has no cellular service partner to serve. The news comes as SpaceX, which targets the same market, announced an upcoming partnership with T-Mobile in August, although the service has yet to be approved by the FCC.

SpaceX, funded by billionaire Elon Musk, seeks to cover rural areas via a network of satellites, while Lynk plans regular access to space via orbital cell towers. According to Via Satellite, Lynk demonstrated the satellite-to-phone service in a test last year. The service is roaming only, but Lynk said it could come in handy in a local emergency.

Another player in cellular coverage from space, Apple announced last week that the iPhone 14 would be available to it from November with its SOS satellite service for emergencies via GlobalStar.

Although Lynk theoretically has the license to operate the service, according to TechCrunch, the next steps in operating the service include frequency checks with potential cellular service partners, who will be able to operate it. Make sure it doesn’t interfere with other orbiting satellites.

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