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Rival Claims SpaceX Internet Satellites Could Block Its Own


Satellite internet provider Intelsat has asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject an application from Elon Musk's private space company SpaceX for permission to test its proposed satellite internet service.

SpaceX hopes to build a large constellation of small, low earth orbit satellites capable of blanketing the globe in wireless internet coverage. Such a service would obviously be a threat to Intelsat's existing business model. But at the moment, Intelsat's concerns are technological. It's worried that SpaceX's experimental satellites could interrupt its own services and is asking the FCC to require SpaceX to disclose more information about its plans, even though the company has requested to keep much of this information confidential.