FCC to vote on Boeing’s application for satellite-powered broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has circulated Boeing Co’s application seeking approval to launch and operate 147 satellites to provide broadband internet access for a vote.
Cuba Internet plansBoeing first filed with the FCC in 2017 seeking approval to deploy a V-band Constellation using low earth orbit and highly inclined non-geostationary orbit satellites to provide broadband services.

Boeing sought to operate V-band Constellation to provide broadband Internet and communications services to residential consumers, governmental, and professional users across the United States, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.

In 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX urged the FCC to reject Boeing’s plan saying it presented a clear danger of harmful interference to other systems or at a minimum impose appropriate conditions to ensure that Boeing’s operations do not harm those of other operators.

In April, the FCC voted to approve a SpaceX plan to deploy some Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit than planned as part of its push to offer space-based broadband internet.

SpaceX had asked the FCC for approval to fly 2,824 satellites at a lower orbit as part of the plan to provide broadband internet services to people who currently lack access.

FCC also said SpaceX agreed to accept that their lower-altitude satellites may encounter interference from satellites deployed under Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.

In July, Amazon said it would invest more than $10 billion to build a network of 3,236 low-earth orbit satellites.

SpaceX, which plans to deploy 12,000 satellites in total, has said previously the Starlink constellation will cost it roughly $10 billion.