In late July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates telecommunications services in the United States, voted 5-0 to allow the e-commerce company to deploy and operate a constellation of 3,236 satellites. Amazon first announced the initiative, called Kuiper, last year.
The move not only expands Amazon's business into internet services, but also further ramps up a competition to bring swift internet to isolated areas. SpaceX has already begun deploying hundreds of Starlink satellites, which could eventually number in the tens of thousands, to tackle the business opportunity. Other competitors in the market include Boeing, the European company Thales Alenia and Telesat Canada.
In granting the application to Amazon, the FCC said in its notes, it denied petitions to dismiss or defer the constellation filed by Luxembourg-based SES, Telesat Canada, and other companies. "We conclude that grant of Kuiper's application would advance the public interest by authorizing a system designed to increase the availability of high-speed broadband service to consumers, government and businesses," the FCC said in its statement.