FCC clears SpaceX to put its Starlink satellite WiFi in vehicles

SpaceX’s satellite internet service officially goes mobile after the Federal Communications Commission authorized the company Thursday to provide its Starlink in-vehicle Wi-Fi service. SpaceX already offers Starlink Home Internet, which left beta last October.

“We agree with SpaceX…that the public interest would benefit if their requests were granted subject to conditions,” the FCC wrote in its approval letter. “The authorization of a new class of terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing demands of users who now require connectivity on the go, whether driving an RV across the country or moving one Freighters from Europe to a US port, or on a domestic or international flight.”

Starlink had already begun expanding its terrestrial footprint prior to the FCC decision, installing receiver dishes at Tesla Supercharger stations, raising prices and unveiling a $500/month premium service tier. SpaceX also recently announced partnerships with Delta and Hawaiian Airlines to potentially offer the service onboard their aircraft.

SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk have also played hero in recent months, offering an “internet bridge” to volcanically devastated Tonga and providing Starlink terminals to the Ukrainian government — a generous offer that, like most of Musk’s ventures, the American taxpayer was trampled on. The internet service — more specifically, the massive constellation of low-Earth-orbiting microsatellites that make it possible — has also been condemned by astronomers worldwide, who argue that the highly reflective satellites, of which more than 2,200 are currently in orbit and of which Musk wants 40,000 more of which grossly interfere with the operation of ground-based telescopes.

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