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SpaceX "is deeply disappointed and perplexed" because FCC Still Won't Reinstate Starli

•, By B.N. Frank

High-speed internet connections can be achieved via safer and more secure methods than harmful wireless-radiation emitting satellites.  In fact, experts have been warning for years that launching thousands more satellites into an already overcrowded space will create even more problems including a higher risk of human fatalities (see 12).  Disturbing reports about Starlink satellites specifically include that they have been swerving every 10 minutes to avoid collision, falling from orbit and burning, threatening lives from falling satellite debris, and locking people out of their accounts.  Of course, their speeds have slowed down too which has again cost them a sizable grant.

From Ars Technica:

SpaceX blasts FCC as it refuses to reinstate Starlink's $886 million grant

FCC doubts ability to provide high-speed, low-latency service in all grant areas.

Jon Brodkin

SpaceX is furious at the Federal Communications Commission after the agency refused to reinstate an $886 million broadband grant that was tentatively awarded to Starlink during the previous administration.

The FCC announced yesterday that it rejected SpaceX's appeal. "The FCC followed a careful legal, technical and policy review to determine that this applicant had failed to meet its burden to be entitled to nearly $900 million in universal service funds for almost a decade," FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said.

In December 2020, shortly before the departure of then-FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Starlink was tentatively awarded $885.51 million in broadband funding from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). But the satellite provider still needed FCC approval of a long-form application to receive the money, which is meant to subsidize deployment in areas with little or no high-speed broadband access.

The Rosenworcel FCC rejected the long-form application in August 2022, and SpaceX appealed the decision the next month. The FCC also rejected the long-form application of LTD Broadband, a fixed wireless provider that was originally slated to get $1.3 billion. LTD recently renamed itself "GigFire."